24 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 32,500
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 10,000
Noh Mask of Shiro Hannya (White Hannya)
Edo period (18th-19th century)
Polychrome pigments and gesso over wood, eyes and teeth of gilt-metal; signed in red lacquer on reverse Ariyoshi Nagato no sho with kao (cursive monogram) and inscribed Hannya, Kugyo konomi ni yori uchishi mono nari (Hannya, carved for the pleasure of the imperial court)
9 5/8in. (24.5cm.) long including horns
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