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Antique Japanese Okina Noh Mask 翁面 Wood Carving Old Man w/Box

Antique Japanese Okina Noh Mask 翁面 Wood Carving Old Man w/Box

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This is an antique Japanese Noh mask presumed to be from the Taisho or early Showa era (c 1920's to 1940's). This Okina 翁面 mask is masterfully carved and signed by the artist both on the original kiri wood presentation box and carved into the back of the mask.

Presentation box = 19.5" x 19.5" x 6"  Mounting disc = 18" diameter

The mask is Old Man Okina a significant character in Japanese Noh theater. Okina is associated with the Okina dance, which is a ritualistic performance that traditionally opens Noh plays. The character symbolizes longevity, prosperity, and the blessings of the gods. The Okina dance is performed to bring good fortune and ward off evil spirits. The character is often depicted as an old man with a long white beard and wearing a red robe. The overarching theme is rooted in auspiciousness and the invocation of divine blessings. The character has a rich cultural and religious significance, embodying traditional Japanese beliefs and rituals.

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