A Miniature Hand Carved Mask #4: Old Man
early twentieth century
2 3/4" x 1 3/4" x 1", 7 cm x 4.5 cm x 2.5 cm
This is a miniature, hand carved, hand painted wooden mask based on a Noh or Kyogen mask which was used in traditional Japanese theater.
This mask depicts a ko-jo, or an old man, who is a character often depicted in Noh drama.
Carved of lightweight wood, this small mask is delightful in its presence and in its detail--hard to see are the delicate tufts of hair that adorn his eyebrows.