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    • Japanese Masks Daniel Hsu
    • Historymasks, or マスク ( 仮面 ), were of great importance inancient Japan for rituals and also for playsdifferent characters or creatures depicted with the helpof these masks include common people, deities,ghosts, heroes, animals and devilsMasks were used in Japan from 10,000 B.C. Apart fromuse in plays and rituals, the masks were also used tocover faces of deceased ones
    • Variety of MasksGigakuOndekomenGyodoBugaku MasksHannyaOtokoUbaKomoteShikami
    • Gigakuthe oldest form of masks used in JapanGigaku is actually a dance drama of ancient Japan andthe masks associated with it are therefore known as thegigaku (masks)brought to Japan from Korea in the 7th centuryused to represent faces of different creatures such asbirds, lion, demons and superhumansmade from paulownia wood
    • Ondekomen
    • Gyodoused in representing Buddhist figures, dragon gods,guardian deities and bishamon (buddhist deity)Most of the gyodo masks found today are from theHeian period
    • Bugaku Masksmade from cypress wood (some made with dry lacquerand from the 8th century can also be found)cover only the face and not ears
    • Hannyarepresents a woman turned demonrepresents the expression of anger and resentment of avengeful womanthe red colored mask is associated with anger of higherintensity
    • Otokoused to represent young people who enjoy a high statusin society, like warriorsmen with hair at the sides portray a simple personwithout an aristocratic look
    • Ubarepresent old women and Takasago is the play in whichthey are most commonly usedcarved and colored with gray hair in order to depict theold age of the womenfurrows and lines on the mask also helps define itsidentity of an woman
    • Komoterepresents a calm, composed and beautiful face of awomanused by men who played female characters in Noh plays
    • Shikamia demon mask with features such as fang-like teeth,furrowed brow and a snarling mouthdisplays a ferocious expressionthe color represents anger or ragethe teeth is colored with metallic gold
    • Conclusion