Zohonna Noh Mask (1890-1930)

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Noh mask of Zohonna , woman approaching her middle age, circa 1900-1950. It is believed that the name "Zo-onna" was named by its creator Zo-ami. Unlike others, the mask does not show cheeriness or sensuality. Rather, it reflects calmness, purity and peaceful images of deities of ancient Japan.

Noh (能, Nō, derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or "talent") is a major form of classical Japanese dance-drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Developed by Kan'ami and his son Zeami, it is the oldest major theatre art that is still regularly performed today. Of the roughly 2000 plays created for Noh that are known today, about 240 make up the current repertoire performed by the five existing Noh schools.

Noh is often based on tales from traditional literature with a supernatural being transformed into human form as a hero narrating a story. Noh integrates masks, costumes and various props in a dance-based performance, requiring highly trained actors and musicians. Emotions are primarily conveyed by stylized conventional gestures while the iconic masks represent the roles such as ghosts, women, deities, and demons. Having a strong emphasis on tradition rather than innovation, Noh is extremely codified and regulated by the iemoto system.

Noh masks, like its costumes, are extremely valuable heirlooms and handed down from generation to generation.

Size: 13.5(W) x 21(L)  X 7(H) cms.
Weight: 130 gms.