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Mikazuki (male deity) Noh mask

A work made of japanese cypress, colors, and brass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of japanese cypress, colors, and brass.

Date:

16th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

Mikazuki masks were used by actors portraying vengeful spirits in need of appeasement. The masks’ characteristic features include an ocher complexion, a wide mustache, and eyes fashioned with gilded brass rings, with the whites painted red. The wide eyes and bared teeth give the mask a frightening expression, and the glint of light off the eyes during a performance must have added to its terror.

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Arts of Asia, Gallery 104

Title

Mikazuki (male deity) Noh mask

Origin

Japan

Date

1701–1800

Medium

Japanese cypress, colors, and brass

Credit Line

Frederick W. Gookin Collection

Reference Number

1936.151

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