Carved wooden netsuke in the form of a study of a Noh mask. The face is of a male with a furrowed brow, flat nose and with lips drawn back into a wide grimace. The upper row of small regular teeth are indicated but the lower ones are not. The mouth is slightly open, with a long aperture. There is no aperture for the eyes, which are inset with small round ivory beads with round black pupils at the centre. On the back is inlaid a small rectangle of resin which may have been intended for an inscription but there is none. The interior is striated vertically. 52 x 47 mm.
netsuke; mask (dance & live theatre)
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