Japanese Masks by Rutherston & Bandini
Japanese Masks: An Exhibition of Noh, Kyôgen and Kagura Masks, 14 May – June 2012
Introduction by Max Rutherston, with 20 illustrated catalogue entries and essay by Stephen E. Marvin
Published by Rutherston & Bandini: London
Paperback, £20, including postage worldwide
An exhibition catalogue of Noh, Kyôgen and Kagura masks. At the core of the exhibition is a private German collection of masks, at least some of which are believed to have come from the Toyama daimyō family and passed briefly through the hands of Tadamasa Hayashi (1853-1906), the legendary Japanese dealer based in Paris, as well as through the Berlin Asian Art Museum over 100 years ago. These have been supplemented by the same number of masks from other collections, some with known Japanese provenance.
The masks in the exhibition form a good representative selection of types (whether fiercely demonic, melancholic, serene or jocund) and have been chosen for their quality of execution and for condition. The masks range in date from around 1500 to 1850.