Antique Usobuki Mask | Japanese Kyogen Mask


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Folk Arts


An antique Japanese mask made from wood covered in a thin layer of plaster made from oyster shell, called gofun.  Kyogen is a comedic form of theater.  The mask is of the character 

狂言面 嘯[Usofuki]


The usobuki (sometimes transliterated usofuki) (“air blower”) is a comical character whose face looks as though he is blowing air from his mouth. It is commonly thought to derive from a folk story about a boy named Hyottoko, who could produce gold from his belly button. 

It is used in different plays to represent a wide variety of roles, including a sinner on his way to the underworld, a scarecrow, insect spirits, and even plant spirits.


Noh Mask artist: 能面師 津田燿三郎 [Tsuda Yozaburo]

A former first-class architect who was active in the Showa era. He was a designer, Buddhist sculptor, and also made Noh masks.

  • Carved Wood
  • 20th Century
  • 5.5" x 3" x 7.5" (width, depth, height)

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