24 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 10,000
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
Noh Mask of Imakawa (Young Man of Noble Birth)
Edo Period (17th century), burned seal Tenkaichi Omi [Kodama Omi Mitsumasa (d. 1704)]
Polychrome pigments and gesso over wood; burned seal on reverse Tenkaichi Omi (Omi, foremost under the heavens) and inscription in gold pigment Kodama Omi utsu (made by Kodama Omi)
7¾in. (20cm.) long
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Imawaka represents a young man of noble birth, similar to Chujo. This mask is used to portray young men's roles such as the ghost of the Heian poet Ariwara no Narihira in Unrin'in.
The property title for this lot should read "Imawaka" and not "Imakawa"