KOKUSHIKIJO MASK (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art)
Edo period, 18-19th century, Japan / approx. 24.5 x 13cm (9.64 x 5.11in)
Wood carving Noh mask of “Black Okina (Old man)” called ‘Kokushikijo’ a.k.a. ‘Sanbaso’ as the third Okina mask in Sanbaso Play which is considered to be a kind of parody for authority or formality. Although the face is just an old man, Kokushikijo stands for the spirit who connect the present life and the afterlife as a Kami (God). Probably once used at Sanbaso Play of rural folk entertainment? Signed at the backside, but unreadable. Vertically split, so that repaired with resinoid stuff and textile strings. Lacks of eyebrow, mustache, and a part of inner lower jaw as is.
Item price: $280
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