16 June 1999
A FINE SOMEN
Signed Iwai Senzo Minamoto Kunihide Saku and Dated Tenmei 4 (1784)
The fine russet iron mask well forged with bold wrinkles and eyebrows, the eye holes form pupils in the eye outline, brow and nose riveted on, the upper lip having a set of iron teeth, beneath the chin are two pegs [odayori-no-kugi] and the point of the chin has a pierced plum blossom applied, the brow plate pierced to take a hood, interior lacquered red
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Kazuo Iida, Katchu-men (Japan, 1991), no.140.
This elegant mask's brow plate is possibly a later addition to a half mask, however it occurred early in its career with the intention of it being used this way.
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