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Identification of Noh Mask on Inro and also museum #

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Solange882
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Identification of Noh Mask on Inro and also museum #

Postby Solange882 » Fri May 11, 2018 9:46 pm

Hello: I purchased some inro quite a long time ago (in the 1990's) and have recently upped my game. But for the older ones, I don't have any provenance and frankly, I don't remember where I got many of them. Here is one that appears to be a Noh mask - does anyone know which character it is? And there is also a photo of what appears to be an inventory number - possibly from a museum deaccessioning? Any ideas? Thanks!
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chonchon
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Re: Identification of Noh Mask on Inro and also museum #

Postby chonchon » Sat May 12, 2018 12:35 pm

Lovely Inro. The character reminds me of the pirate grandmother in Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa, Castle in the Sky. You do not say who you are or what country you are in, so talk of which museum may be a little premature.
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Re: Identification of Noh Mask on Inro and also museum #

Postby dougsanders » Sat May 12, 2018 3:03 pm

I think it might actually be a gigaku mask (a different form of Japanese theater). I'm not able to tell which one it is- there are several characters with bulbous noses and long ears.

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Re: Identification of Noh Mask on Inro and also museum #

Postby Solange882 » Sat May 12, 2018 9:57 pm

Sorry, Chonchon, I am new to the forum and of course you need to know where I am. I'm in Northern California but I may have purchased this inro at one of the Asian Art Fairs at Ft. Mason, so then it could have originated from a dealer in other parts of the world.

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Re: Identification of Noh Mask on Inro and also museum #

Postby souldeep » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:06 am

Solange882 wrote:Here is one that appears to be a Noh mask - does anyone know which character it is?

I agree regarding it's likeness to Gigaku masks. Have a search for Suikoju (used in plays to depict a drunken foreigner) or even Chido (precursor to tengu) - you should find some masks that look very similar.
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