22 September 2004
Noh Mask of Deikurohige
Edo period (18th century), signed in red lacquer Kaden no utsushi, Kita Roppeita Nosei (1814-1869), 12th Head of the Kita School
Polychrome pigments and gesso over wood, eyes gilt-metal, teeth with gold-lacquer highlights
8½in. (21.6cm.) long
With three storage bags
Yamanouchi family, Tosa Province
Kawasaki family, Kochi Prefecture
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