Art: Theater Mask

Traditional Theater Mask

Traditional Theater Mask

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  • Description: Masks worn during noh theatre, they are used to signify to the audience the type of character being portrayed by the performer. There are many types, including those designed to represent spirits, demons, women, and men.  They are also designed in a way that various facial expressions can be portrayed through changes in lighting and angle of the head.  Originating in the 14th century, Noh theatre is traditionally performed on a square stage with a roof, and incorporates music, dancing, and drama.
    For more information, visit: http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/unesco/noh/en/noh_mask.html
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