Nō mask known as hannya

Edo period, 18th-19th century AD

In the Nō drama, the hannya is a mask worn by the character of a beautiful woman who has been transformed through jealous rage into an ugly demon.The mask, made of painted and lacquered wood, has gilt horns and teeth. The hair is painted in disarrayed strands. It is used in the plays Aoi no Ue (Lady Aoi) and Dōjōji (The Girl at Dōjō Temple).

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L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)


Height: 20.000 cm

Museum number

Asia JA 1946.12-16.2


Gift of Mrs. C. Winch


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