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Rare Signed Edo Period Kyogen Theater Buaku Mask

Rare Signed Edo Period Kyogen Theater Buaku Mask

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1800: Item # 1132137

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Very rare Japanese comic demon Buaku Kyogen mask dating from the Edo Period, the golden age of Noh Drama. The Buaku mask is a Kyogen version of the Noh Beshimi. Kyogen were short, humorous skits performed between Noh acts to lighten the mood. The heavily knit brows and wide leering grimace are wonderful characteristics of this mask. It is covered in layered colored gofun (oyster shell lacquer), with hair painted with thin lines of ink over the top. It is brilliantly carved, accentuating the depth of his eye sockets, and adding a sense of drama. 8.25 x 6.5 inches, 21 x 16.5 cm.