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HAKUSHIKIJO AND KOKUSHIKIJO

Japan – Momoyama / Edo Period
16th/17th century
Lacquered and painted cypress wood, horsehair – H. 18 cm

 

This pair of masks is connected with the Okina dances opening all traditional Nō theatre performances. They are smiling because Okina dances have an auspicious function and aim at strengthening the positive bond between man and nature. The lacquer box containing the two masks bears the coat of arms of the Hosokawa family, one of the most important in Japan.

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