LATE EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY), INSCRIBED IN RED LACQUER SHINSHI YOSHIMASA, CARVED DEME TERUMITSU AND WITH KAO
A WOOD NOH MASK
late edo period (19th century), inscribed in red lacquer shinshi yoshimasa, carved deme terumitsu and with kao
Carved as Kurohige (black beard) with high cheek bones and sunken eyes, the hair, eyebrows, moustache and chin in black, eyeballs and teeth in gold and eye rims and lips in red on a gold ground, the underside lacquered black
8in. (20.9cm.) long
For a similar mask see William Watson, The Great Japan Exhibition: Art of the Edo period 1600-1868 (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1981), no. 277, V.