East Asian Art
Noh MaskMade in Japan, Asia
Momoyama Period (1568-1615), Late 16th century
Shimotsuma Shōshin, Japanese, 1551 - 1616
Carved wood with painted decoration
Currently not on view
1970-43-1Purchased with the J. Stogdell Stokes Fund, 1970
LabelNoh masks, an integral part of No drama, are not representative but evocative: their indeterminate features allow an actor to express varying emotions. The masks are small and expose the lower portion of the actor's face. Masks for young women's roles, such as this one, reflect the ancient ideals of female beauty held by the Japanese court: an oval face, high forehead, and false eyebrows painted just below the hairline.