Noh Mask [Sarutobide] type

Organization control number
C-1543
Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Classification
Sculpture
Era century
Muromachi - Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Item shape
Wood with polychromy
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
This mask has four fangs in addition to the similar kotobide-type mask used for animal roles, and its eyes and teeth are fitted with gilt bronze. It was probably used for roles such as the fox spirit serving the Inari Myojin deity in the play Kokaji (“The Swordsmith”), and the fish fairy Kojin in Kappo. The distinctive shape of the fangs and the upper lip suits the roles of beasts and unusual creatures.