H. w/base 8-1/4 in. (21 cm.); H. w/out base 6 in. (15.2 cm.); W. 4-1/2 in. (11.4 cm.); D. 3-3/4 in. (9.5 cm.)
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
The mask is part of a series of sculptures and drawings of Ohta Hisa (1868–1945), a Japanese actress known as Hanako. Rodin portrayed her in various moods, and there is some evidence that he planned to use one of the masks as a model for a portrait of Beethoven, but apparently he never pursued the project.
Signature: On the left side of the neck: A Rodin
Marking: Below signature: .A. Rudier/.FondParis
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)