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Legendary Makers of Noh Masks

Legendary Makers of Noh Masks / Honkan Room 14   January 2, 2020 (Thu) - February 24, 2020 (Mon)

  
Noh Mask: Sanbasō (Kokushikijō), Inscribed in gold "Attributed to Nikkō by Nōsei (monogram)", Passed down by the Umewaka clan, Nanbokuchō period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)

During the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573–1603), families emerged that specialized in creating Noh masks over many generations. However, details surrounding this particular craft before this period are shrouded in mystery. There were makers who are regarded today as "legendary makers of Noh masks," but their background and details are virtually unknown and very few indisputably authentic masks by these legendary makers are extant.

This thematic exhibition is comprised of Noh masks that were purportedly created by these legendary makers. While the origin of these masks–namely, the names of their makers?needs to be verified, they each attest to their maker's high level of craftsmanship. We invite visitors to closely examine these Noh masks created by mysterious, legendary mask makers.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Noh Mask: Sanbasō (Kokushikijō), Inscribed in gold "Attributed to Nikkō by Nōsei (monogram)", Passed down by the Umewaka clan, Nanbokuchō period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Noh Mask: Purportedly Yamanba, Attributed to ShakuzuruPassed down by the Umewaka clan , Nanbokuchō period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Noh Mask: Zō Onna, Inscribed in gold "Attributed to Zōami by Mitsunori and Mitsunao (monograms)", Passed down by the Umewaka clan, Muromachi period, 15th–16th century

Catalogue

Legendary Makers of Noh Masks
Legendary Makers of Noh Masks
 
Price: 660 yen (Tax inclusive)
24p (All color)

On sale in the museum shop.

 

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