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LOT 12 - AK0124

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Lot details

Japan, first half of 20th century

Of rectangular form, the tray with rounded sides rising from a flat base to a flat rim, bearing a lustrous roiro-nuri ground, the interior lacquered in iro-e hiramaki-e and takamaki-e, as well as kirigane, depicting a Kojo (old man) mask issuing vibrant tassels, next to a folding fan decorated with a soaring bird. The rim of silver. Signed BO [...].

LENGTH 48.5 cm

Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear and one minuscule scratch to the rim.

There are various kinds of masks for the role of an old man, showing subtle differences in beard and mustache, either hand-painted or using real hair, and in the arrangement of teeth. The "Kojo" mask is worn by the actor portraying the old man in the first part of "Takasago" and in other Noh plays. The mask, embodying dignity and divinity, foreshadows the old man's appearance in the second part as a god.

With a fitted tomobako box.


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