wt. on marble base, confirmed: 6 × 4 1/2 × 3 3/4 in., 2.9 lb. (15.2 × 11.4 × 9.5 cm, 1.3 kg)
Height (with base): 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Not on view
This mask is part of a series in which Rodin sought to convey the intense expressivity of his model’s face. The actress known as Hanako performed westernized adaptations of Japanese Kabuki theater written by her agent, the famous American dancer Loie Fuller, under the pseudonym Loi-Fu. While the mask shows a peaceful countenance, the performances typically ended in bloody harakiri (ritual suicide) scenes, during which Hanako captivated audiences with her expressions of anguish.
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)