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Maker(s):Nomura Ran
Culture:Japanese (late 1920's- )
Title:Noh Mask representing "Shakumi"
Date Made:mid 20th century; Shōwa era
Materials:carved wood, lacquer, whitewash, pigments
Measurements:Overall: 8 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 21.6 cm x 14 cm x 7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2009.38
Credit Line:Bequest of Howard Hamilton
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Shakumi represents a mature and strong woman. Strands of hair surrounding her face characterize this mask. Ruby-red lips reveal blackened teeth, considered a sign of beauty in Japan until about 1870, and seen most often on married women.

masks; hairstyles; faces

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