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Noh Masks by the Echizendeme and Ōnodeme

Noh Masks by the Echizendeme and Ōnodeme / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14   August 25, 2020 (Tue) - October 4, 2020 (Sun)

 Image of "Noh Mask: Mikazuki, With branded mark “Tenkaichi Zekan”, Azuchi-Momoyama-Edo period, 16th-17th century" 
Noh Mask: Mikazuki, With branded mark “Tenkaichi Zekan”, Azuchi-Momoyama-Edo period, 16th-17th century

During the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573–1603), an increasing number of samurai lords came to appreciate the medieval noh theater. This dramatic rise of noh devotees caused a surge in demand for copies of old masks, which led to the emergence of mask-carving families who inherited and passed on methods of creating noh masks. In this exhibition, we are introducing masks made by artisans of two of these families: the Echizendeme and the Ōnodeme.
The founder of the Echizendeme, Mitsuteru, was active in the late Muromachi period (1392–1573), and the first-generation carver of the Ōnodeme, Zekan, was active from the Azuchi-Momoyama period. We invite our visitors to learn more about the histories of these famous families of carvers while looking at their works.

 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: Adachi Onna, Muromachi–Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Lent by Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Noh Mask: Mikazuki, With branded mark “Tenkaichi Zekan”, Azuchi-Momoyama-Edo period, 16th-17th century
Noh Mask: Akobujō, With branded mark “Tenkaichi Yukan”, Edo period, 17th century (Lent by Negoro-ji Temple, Wakayama)
Noh Mask: Mayushikami, Edo period, 17th century (Lent by Negoro-ji Temple, Wakayama)
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