A wood Noh mask of Shikami By Nakamura Naohiko (1878-1945), 20th century
Lot 379*
A wood Noh mask of Shikami By Nakamura Naohiko (1878-1945), 20th century
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 2,558) inc. premium
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A wood Noh mask of Shikami By Nakamura Naohiko (1878-1945), 20th century
Lot Details
A wood Noh mask of Shikami
By Nakamura Naohiko (1878-1945), 20th century
Painted on a gesso ground, typically depicted with a fierce scowling face, showing extreme agitation for expressing demonic spirit, its eyes ringed in gilt and its facial features highlighted in red ink, the reverse signed with seal Nakamura Naohiko; with silk brocade cloth and bag. 22cm (8 5/8in) high. (3).

Footnotes

  • 能面 顰 中村直彦作 20世紀


    Nakamura Naohiko graduated from the sculpture department at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. He embarked upon a career as a Buddhist sculptor before becoming a mask carver. He also worked as a restorer for the Hosokawa Family.

    The demonic mask of Shikami, traditionally used in conjunction with a wig of long, bright red hair, is used to express the violent emotions of the characters found in Noh plays such as Rashomon which tells the story of a demon which lives in Rashomon, one of the gates to Kyoto.
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