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 翁 okina nō (old man mask)
  • Japan
  • 翁 okina nō (old man mask), late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, cotton, horse hair, flax fiber, thread, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 20.5 x 15 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/16 x 5 7/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Lilly Y. Tsubaki
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0083

This carved wooden mask of an elderly man indicates his advanced age by the tufts of white cotton denoting bushy eyebrows and long strands of horsehair for a scraggly beard. His features are further enhanced by the deeply carved wrinkles on his forehead, temples, and cheeks. A small mustache and beard are delineated by painted parallel lines positioned beneath his nose and mouth. At his jawline, twine joins the two halves of the mask together on either side of his mouth. Two black teeth peek out from his top lip.

This white faced mask of a happy old man is used in Noh and festival performances of the play okina, also known as shikisanban.