29 March 2005
Noh mask of Sankojo
EDO PERIOD (18TH CENTURY), BURNED SEAL DEME YUSUI [YASUHISA, ONO DEME VII (D.1766)] AND INSCRIBED IN GOLD LACQUER KITA KADEN NO KATACHI O MOTTE UTSU NARI
Polychrome pigments and gesso over wood, hair, moustache and beard applied animal hair
7½in. (19cm.) long
With one storage bag
Yamanouchi Family, Tosa Province
Kawasaki Family, Kochi Prefecture
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The name Sankojo comes from Sankobo (d.1532), a Buddhist monk who first carved a mask of this type. It is used mainly for old-man roles.
For another example of a Sankojo mask, see Christie's New York, 29 September, 2004, lot 312.
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