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A noh mask *noumen ”\–Κ representing the aged, yet beautiful face of the hundred-year-old poetess, Ono no Komachi ¬–쏬’¬. Despite sunken cheeks, the smooth face bears a quiet sobriety seen in the down-cast eyes, well-formed eyebrow bones, gently open mouth, and light grey coloring. A few loose strands of the black and white hair fall across the cheeks and broad forehead, but the haunting beauty of Komachi's young days remains evident.
The Houshou •σΆ school records that roujo is intended as a mask for the play SEKIDERA KOMACHI ŠΦŽ›¬’¬ (Komachi at Sekidera), but it can also be used for other plays about Komachi when she was old, such as OUMU KOMACHI κ_–·¬’¬ (Komachi and the parrot) and SOTOBA KOMACHI ‘²“s”k¬’¬ (Komachi and a stupa). The mask type is attributed to the 15c carver Himi Munetada •XŒ©@’‰ (see *jissaku \μ) and is used by all five schools of noh.
A few roujo masks have sharp, triangular cheek bones like those of *yaseonna ‘‰— and/or wrinkles and slit eyes like *uba ‰W.
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*onnamen —–Κ, *komachi ¬’¬, *higakionna •OŠ_—
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