Bugaku Mask Ni-no-mai Haremen


Bugaku Mask Ni-no-mai Haremen

Sculpture / Nara

Heian to Kamakura period, 12th-13th century

Wood with pigments

L 32.2


Ninomai is a comical dance performance playing after the dance of Ama. Two kinds of masks were applied; such as the old man mask with bright smile (Emimen) and the old woman mask with big distorted face sticking out her tongue (Haremen). The face was expressed humorously, however it remained serious impression.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.138, no.155.

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