Japanese masks are part of a very old and highly sophisticated and stylized theatrical tradition. The oldest masks are the gigaku. The form no longer exists, and was probably a type of dance presentation. The bugaku developed from this – a complex dance-drama that used masks with movable jaws.
The Noh mask evolved from the gigaku and bugaku and is the supreme achievement of Japanese mask-making. Noh masks represent gods, men, women, madmen and devils, and each category has many sub-divisions. Noh plays are acted entirely by men. The masks are worn throughout very long performances and are consequently very light. Kyōgen are short farces with their own masks, and accompany the tragic Noh plays. Kabuki is the theatre of modern
Most masks fit inside satchels which will be $19.95 nationwide
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