22 September 2004
Noh Mask of Zo-onna
Noh mask of Fukai
Edo period (18th-19th century), the first signed in gold lacquer Hata Tsuneyoshi and with kao (cursive monogram); the second inscribed in red lacquer with X and the name "Fukai"
Polychrome pigments and gesso over wood
8in. (20.3cm.); 8in. (20.3cm.) long
Each mask with two storage bags (2)
Yamanouchi family, Tosa Province
Kawasaki family, Kochi Prefecture
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Zo-onna (lower left in the illustration) represents celestial women such as the moon maiden in Hagoromo (Feather robe). Fukai (upper right in the illustration) represents a middle-aged woman torn by separation from a loved one.
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