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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.


16th century



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.


On View, Gallery 103


Arts of Asia


Mikazuki (male deity) Noh mask


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Japanese cypress, colors, and brass

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Frederick W. Gookin Memorial Collection

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