Kotobide

Kotobide
Item# NONO006

Product Description

Gofun finish

A noh mask nohmen representing the spirit of a fox or other terrestrial spirit. A gaping open mouth which exposes a wide, red tongue and both the upper and lower teeth, draws the cheeks upward and makes the circular, metallic eyeballs jump out to create an overall expression of dauntlessness. The mask's nose is flat and the painted black eyebrows arch high above the eyes. While the general features of the kotobide are similar to ootobide, they are on a smaller scale and the kotobide has no ears and is painted a dark, red ochre. Used by the protagonists, shite, in the second act of plays like KOKAJI, SESSHOUSEKI, and KAPPO. An early style kotobide mask lacking a tongue and with a down-turned mouth is housed in Hakusan Jinja, Gifu prefecture and can be dated from its insignia to 1475. .