Noh Mask: Yaseotoko

Noh Mask: Yaseotoko
Color on wood (hinoki cypress); mask length 19.1 cm; Edo period, 18th century; Gift of the Ii Family

With emaciated flesh, protruding cheekbones, deep-set eyes, and slackened lips, this mask represents a ghost suffering in hell as punishment for having killed living beings. It was made by Chōun Yasuyoshi (d. 1774), eighth head of the Ōnodeme family of mask-makers and considered one of the better mask-makers of the late Edo period.

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