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Noh mask Kumasaka

Kodama Mitsumasa17th century

Fukuoka City Museum

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

The Kumasaka mask with humorous-looking round eyeballs are exclusively used for “Kumasaka” and “Eboshiori.” Both appear on the stage as a robber named Kumasaka Chohan, who is subdued by Ushiwakamaru (a famous warrior, later Minamoto no Yoshitsune). The outstanding characteristic of the mask is the fin-like hanging flesh between the eyes. A similar mask without the hanging flesh is called Chorei-beshim.

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