Noh Mask: Ko-omote

Noh Mask: Ko-omote
Color on wood (hinoki cypress); mask length 21.1 cm; Edo period, 17th century; Gift of the Ii Family

The Ko-omote mask represents the youngest class of women portrayed by noh masks. The innocent-looking visage, with its high forehead, plump cheeks, and eyes positioned relatively close to the nose, conveys an impression of unsullied beauty. Above a cord hole on the back of the mask is a chrysanthemum-shaped mark indicating that the creator is early Edo-period mask-maker Iseki Ieshige (1581–1657).

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