Kyōgen mask Saru(monkey)

Unknown17-18th century

Fukuoka City Museum

Fukuoka City Museum
福岡市早良区百道浜3-1-1, Japan

There are many variation in Saru masks: young, old, male and female, just like in a monkey family. The mask of a child monkey is used for "Utsubo-zaru," where a child actor often makes his stage debut. "Saru-muko"also uses a Saru mask. It is the stiry about a monkey who adopts a son-in law into his family. This human-like mask maybe worn by the father monkey.


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