Description This tsuba shows three masks used in Noh theater performances. At the lower right is a demon mask. Demon characters can be humorous, as well as vicious. At the lower left is an okame mask. Okame is the goddess of mirth. At the upper left is the shôjô mask. Shôjô are mythical creatures who enjoy drinking wine or sake. They are often shown in an intoxicated state, dancing with a fan or drinking sake from a ladle. These two objects are shown on the back of the tsuba.
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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