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Kongo School, Japanese
Noh Masks: Wakashakumi, 1930's
Ink on Paper
11 5/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (29.53 cm x 23.81 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Photolithography
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Gift of Herbert and Katherine Hoskins
Accession Number: 2004.2.2


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Medium
Black and white print made from a photograph, on white paper.

Object Description
Photolithograph in black and white of a noh mask. The mask of "Magojiro" (maiden) was originally made by Magojiro, Kongo-Tayu, in the transition period in the first half of 16 century. It is said that Magojiro made the mask with remembering his dead wife.

The predecessor in the Kongo family line, Iwao Kongo, said as follows: It is the rule of the Kongo family that every pregnant wife of the Kongo family must always appreciate the mask of Magojiro with the wish of having a beautiful baby like the beautiful, peaceful and noble mask of Magojiro.

The mask of Magojiro has the features of long face, firm cheeks, and high position of eyes. The impression of the whole face is lonely and noble.

Wakashakumi translates to “young oblique-glance”. The mask portrays a mature woman. It is often used in plays such as Miidera, Hyakuman, and Sakuragawa

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