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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst
|Date Made:||19th century|
|Materials:||Wood and ivory; carved with pigment|
|Place Made:||Asia; Japan|
|Measurements:||Overall: 1 5/8 in x 15/16 in x 15/16 in; 4.1 cm x 2.4 cm x 2.4 cm|
|Narrative Inscription: ||inscriptions?|
|Accession Number: ||MH 1986.30.74|
|Credit Line:||William Richter Collection, Gift of Margaret Ruth Richter (Class of 1939)||
Japanese netsuke. Standing short figure in robe wearing a white ivory inlay mask with another face beneath it. Two holes on the back for funcational use.
The Kyogen is a comic dance commonly performed as an intermission between two classical Noh plays. The ivory inlay on this netsuke represents a Hyotoku mask with a facial expression that suggests drunkenness. Peering out from underneath the kimono is a smiling face, indicating that in Kyogen facial expressions do not have to be masked, but can be achieved naturally or with the aid of makeup.
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