JUROKU – Japanese wood carving Noh mask (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – Quality wood carving noh mask of ‘Juroku’, though anonymous piece, circa Meiji – Early Showa period, early 20th century. Portrayed ‘Taira no Atsumori’ of a prince of the Heike clan who died on the battlefield at the age of sixteen (‘Juroku’ as sixteen in Japanese), when he was defeated by Kumagai Naozane in the Battle of Ichinotani, which is referred to in the Tale of the Heike. Also used for the plays of other warriors who die young (‘Tomonaga’ and ‘Tsunemasa’) besides ‘Atsumori’. Expressing well about his clear-cut features and the sense of the vanity of life at the same time. In fine condition as seen. approx. L 20.7cm (8.14in)



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