Description The five masks shown on this tsuba are used by performers in noh drama. At the upper right is the "Okina" mask used for specific types of old men. At the lower right is the "Ko-omote" mask used for beautiful young women. The mask at the lower left is the "O-beshimi" mask used for demons. On the reverse, the mask as the upper left is the "Hannya" mask of a jealous woman who has turned into a demon. The "Hiottoko" mask at the lower right is often used for comic male characters. A fan is at the lower left.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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