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Ko-omote, type: Snow
MSITJM 554
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Nō masks are a unique art form, combining mastery of execution and great potential for theatrical expression. In the words of the artist who made them, Sōei Ōgura: “At first sight, they may seem expressionless, but even a delicate motion by an actor makes it possible to convey both joy and sadness". The young girl’s mask presented here, which represents the Ko-omote group, of the Snow type, is a highly-valued artefact in nō theatre. The work in the Manggha Museum’s collection was made by Master Ōgura, who has the opinion of an outstanding artist, making unique masks.

History of the Object
The Ko-omote mask: Snow was made by Master Sōei Ōguram specializing in the creation of masks for nō and kyōgen theatres. It was displayed during the Manggha Museum’s exhibition - An Invitation to Yūgen. Masks and costumes of Nō Theatre in 2009, and subsequently donated, along with eight other masks, to the Museum, to be included in its collections.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Painted cypress wood 
Measurements
21,3 x 13,3 cm 
Creator name
Sōei ŌGURA 
Creator date
1928 - 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century, second half 
Function
Mask of a Noh actor 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
© Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology 
Museum
Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Cracow 
Credit line
Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology 

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