dei-no-kotobide 泥小飛出
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
A noh mask *noumen 能面 used to represent a terrestrial spirit or a dragon god. Like other masks of the tobide 飛出 style, dei-no-kotobide has round protruding eyeballs of gold, large ears, a flat nose, and a mouth that gapes to show the tip of its large, red tongue. The dei in its name refers to its being painted a greenish gold. Yet unlike most other tobide-style masks, it does not have a black crown but has tangled, unsettled hair and furrows between the eyebrows. These features give the mask an overall animalistic, possessed quality. Often used in place of *kotobide 小飛出 to give a more spirit-like effect for roles like the spirit of the fox in KOKAJI 小鍛冶 or in place of a *kurohige 黒髭 for the role of a dragon god. The Kita 喜多 family in Tokyo, own a good example attributed to Deme Zekan Yoshimitsu 出目是干吉満 (1527-1616).

*ootobide 大飛出, *kijinmen 鬼神面

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