Explore highlights
Nō mask known as hannya

 

Height: 20.000 cm

Gift of Mrs. C. Winch

Asia JA 1946.12-16.2

    Nō mask known as hannya

    Japan
    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).

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

    Highlights

    Browse or search over 4,000 highlights from the Museum collection

    Shop Online

    Delightful Japanese animal pictures, £16.99

    Delightful Japanese animal pictures, £16.99