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Nō Mask of Waka-Otoko

Location

JAPAN

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Nō Mask of Waka-Otoko

Date

19th c.

Materials

Carved wood, lacquer

Credits

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Birks, inv. 1949.50.Ee.5

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The waka-otoko mask represents the head of a young man. In the play Ominaeshi [Golden Lace], the ghost of a young man talks about his love tragedy: the woman with whom he had had a brief relationship jumped to her death into a river and then turned into an ominaeshi flower. Out of a sense of guilt, he too jumped into the river. Now in hell, they both are tormented by demons.

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