Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard. - Okame Gallery
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Japanese Noh mask, Vintage Kokushikijo (Sanbaso), black lieutenant, old man plaster carving mask, with a very long beard.

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Vintage Japanese Noh Theater mask, Kokushikijo or Sanbaso, black lieutenant, Okina plaster carving mask, old man mask with a long beard.

A beautiful mask with a nice expression to display and add a Japanese touch to your decor. A perfect gift idea for a retirement celebration: traditionally the long beard signifies longevity.

This Okina Noh mask is carved from plaster and painted with natural pigments.

Signed on the back with a mark.

Among all Noh masks, the Okina (old man) mask is considered particularly sacred and has been at times treated as the embodiment of god, bringing longevity and prosperity to families.

The mask is the oldest of the Noh repertoire and represents an older male with a long white beard expressing wisdom. The rounded eyebrows and the separated chin make it different from the others.

This mask is known as Kokushikijo (Black Lieutenant) or Sanbaso. It is used for okina mai along with the white lieutenant, the old man who is paired with this. Okina mai seems to have been established as a Shinto ritual in the latter half of the Heian period, and prays for or celebrates Taihei Tenka and a good harvest.

The face of Okina and Sanbaso is considered sacred, and it is said that he will continue to devote himself for a certain period of time before wearing this face. The old man has white skin and a noble face, while Sanbaso has a black tan, sparse teeth and a friendly face.

Noh Theater history: Evolving under shogunate patronage from the 14th century, Noh theatre became an exclusive samurai pastime. In the Tokugawa period (1603 – 1868), commoners were forbidden to see it. Performed by male actors wearing masks, Noh dramas fall into five categories, plays about gods, women, insanity, revenge, and demons. Performed against a painted backdrop of a pine tree and with minimal props, Noh features lavish silk brocade costumes and exquisitely fashioned wooden masks.

The masks are designed and crafted with great subtlety. They can appear to dramatically transform simply from the alterations of light and shadow as the actors move their heads. The pace is hypnotically slow, but the movement delivers great dramatic power.

The mask represents age, gender, and social ranking of human or nonhuman beings like animals, demons, or divine creatures. The Noh mask is used to emphasize and stylize the facial expressions which are accompanied by adequate body language and movement in order to stimulate the imagination of Noh play audiences.

Dimensions approx. : H: 18 cm (7.1"); total height with the beard : 41 cm (16") W: 16 cm (6.3") D: 8 cm (3")

Condition: The mask is in a good vintage condition with scratches and flaws, chipped pigment in some areas, it doesn't look new but it is still beautiful. Please look at the pictures.

I'm happy to answer any questions. I will send it well packed with a tracking number (DHL partner, express shipping).

🎁 All items are wrapped with a beautiful Japanese fabric at no extra cost.