Chūjō Noh Mask

Genkyu Michinaga Japanese

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The Chūjō mask portrays Heian-period poet and nobleman Ariwara no Narihira (Zai Go-chūjō, 825–880). The expression represents that of an elegant, graceful aristocrat; however, the furrow on his forehead expresses grief. The mask could be worn for the role of a handsome young nobleman or that of an aristocratic warrior of the Heike clan who dies on the battlefield.

Chūjō Noh Mask, Genkyu Michinaga (Japanese, active second half of the 17th century), Cypress wood with white, black, and red pigments, Japan

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