Two small decorative miniature antique Meiji period Japanese Noh masks, with strong stern expression. Lacquered papier mache, painted and decorated with glass eyes and real hair. 6.5cm / 6.8cm long, 4.8cm / 5cm wide.Noh is a major form of classical Japanese dance-drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Noh is often based on tales from traditional literature with a supernatural being transformed into human form as a hero narrating a story. Noh integrates masks, costumes and various props in a dance-based performance, requiring highly trained actors and musicians.
Emotions are primarily conveyed by stylized conventional gestures while the iconic masks represent the roles such as ghosts, women, deities, and demons. In overall good condition, some small amounts of damage / loss to lacquer, some hair loss also. Both in good solid condition and ready for display. Please be guided by the photographs for condition.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Japanese\Other Japanese". The seller is "collectionsandcuriosities" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.