Noh mask Chujo

Unknown17th-18th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This mask represents Ariwara no Narihira, a young noble blessed with good looks and a legendary playboy in the 9th century. It is used for the role of ghosts of young court nobles including Narihira. The slightly wrinkled forehead diffuses a vague feeling of pathos on his elegant expression. The backside is finished with a wiped lacquer coating and bears the inscription ‘中将 (Chujo)’ in vermilion ink.


  • Title: Noh mask Chujo
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 17th-18th century, Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 20.8cm, W: 13.4cm, Thic: 7.4cm, Wt: 120g
  • Type: Sculpture

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