A Noh Mask of Kobeshimi
Kobeshimi represents a ferocious deity or minion of the god of the underworld. The overall features conform to a standard Kobeshimi; however, this example shows especially skilful treatment of the tightly pursed lips, which adds greatly to the force and vehemence of the expression. The finish appears to be mostly original. The carving style of the back, together with the nicked and discoloured rim, attest to an early Edo dating
Unsigned. Middle 17th century to early 18th century
Height: 20.5 cm.
Anecdotally thought to have been in the collection of Hayashi Tadashi, Paris, then in the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, and subsequently in two private collections in Germany, before being purchased by the present owner
Rutherston and Bandini, Japanese Masks, 2012, no. 4