Noh mask Shiwa (wrinkle)-jo (old man)

Unknown16th century

Fukuoka City Museum

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

As the name shows, the Shiwa-jo mask has exaggerated wrinkles on his cheeks. Jo masks are often used for incarnated gods or spirits which later reveal their identities. Shiwa-jo, however, appears on the stage as a dignified god or the spirit of a plant. It has the looks of a serene and dignified elderly man.


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