ishioujou 石王尉
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
A noh mask *noumen 能面 representing an old man. The slightly sunken, drooping eyes, tense open mouth, and chalky white coloring of the mask depict a pained elderly man. Both upper and lower teeth can be seen. Tan horsehair is implanted on the chin, while the mustache and area below the lower lip are painted. Used by the Kita 喜多, Konparu 金春, and Kongou 金剛 schools in the second act of plays like SAIGYOUZAKURA 西行桜 and OIMATSU 老松 for the spirit of a tree or an elderly god who dances. For the same plays, the Houshou 宝生 school uses the *maijou 舞尉, and the Kanze 観世 school uses the *shiwajou 皺尉. Attributed to Ishiouhyoue Masatomo 石王兵衛正友 (14c; see *jissaku 十作). Although few examples are extant, a well-carved early mask remains at Hakusan Jinja 白山神社 in Gifu prefecture.

*joumen 尉面

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