• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 604

    Noh Mask of Imakawa (Young Man of Noble Birth)

    EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY), BURNED SEAL TENKAICHI OMI [KODAMA OMI MITSUMASA (D. 1704)]

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    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.