Japanese Noh theater mask Hanniya mask. Noh is a major form of classical Japanese dance-drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Noh performance combines a variety of elements into a stylistic whole, with each particular element the product of generations of refinement according to the central Buddhist, Shinto, and minimalist aspects of Noh's aesthetic principles. The Hannya mask is a mask used in Noh theater, representing a jealous female demon.
It possesses two sharp bull-like horns, metallic eyes, and a leering mouth. The Hannya mask is used in many noh and kyogen Japanese plays, as well as in Shinto ritual kagura dances.
The Hannya mask portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy (similar to the Buddhist concept of a Hungry ghost). Region of origin : Japan Size : W. 14.5cm / 5.7inches x L.20cm / 7.8inches Weight : 1.1kg / 2.42lbs Age : Post 1940 Material : Cast iron. There are some small scratches but no big damage. The item "Japanese Vintage Cast Iron Hannya demon mask Noh theatre mask decolation Red" is in sale since Tuesday, September 21, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Masks". The seller is "sandlushigome1" and is located in Tokyo. This item can be shipped worldwide.