Noh Mask [Shakumi] type

Organization control number
C-1549
Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Classification
Sculpture
Era century
Muromachi period, 15th-16th century
Item shape
Wood with polychromy
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
This type of mask is used to portray middle-aged women, with this one being named [shakumi] in reference to the unique shape of the forehead, which slopes inward towards the bridge of the nose. This mask seems to have been highly regarded, as many copies of it were created throughout the ages. There is damage on both sides of the forehead and x-shaped scratches on the left side of the chin. A ground was applied onto the reserve side, over which black lacquer was painted and polished. Some copies of this mask even faithfully reproduce the damage and the reverse side. (20170131_h21特集金春)