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空吹 usofuki kyōgen (blowing man mask)
  • Takatsu Koichi
    born 1941
    active: Japan
  • 空吹 usofuki kyōgen (blowing man mask), late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, ink, color pigments, horse hair, thread, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 x 14 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Lilly Y. Tsubaki
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0080

This carved wooden mask depicts a man characterized by pursed lips, wide bulging eyes, a prominent nose, and a wrinkled forehead. Tufts of hair spring from small holes positioned beneath the nose and mouth suggesting a mustache and goatee.

Known as a usobuki, this humorous mask is used in kyougen 狂言, a type of comic interlude between noh plays.