Noh apparition

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Mar 12 2023

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Category: Asia, Japan

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In a Noh museum one can expect to see Noh masks. With their painted high eyebrows (hikimayu) and other typical features, Noh masks often have a striking appearance. But this mask, emerging from the dark, looks more like a phantom, with elements of the background faintly shining through its face.
Do we see here a lit-up mask behind glass in which the environment is vaguely reflected, or do we look at the environment through a sheet of glass in which the lit-up mask is reflected? If I remember well it’s the latter.

Photo of the week: Noh mask, Noh Museum, Sasayama, Japan 2008

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