#121. Japanese Noh Theatre Mask
Face paint art in motion by James Kuhn. The Hannya mask is a Japanese ritual mask used in Noh theater. It is used to represent the malice or sublime emotions of human beings. It is usually used in representing a demonic jealous woman. The Hannya mask has been used in many noh and kyogen Japanese plays. Like many other ritual masks the Hannya mask has been used in dance, theater, festivals, Shinto and Buddhist rituals. The origin and creation of the Hannya mask varies. Japanese literature’s concepts of cosmos and anticosmos have been linked to the story behind the female demon known as Hannya. It is said that the frightening Hannya mask potrays the souls of characters who have gone mad from jealousy. Plays in which a person may wear the hannya mask include In the Tale of Genj, Adachigahara and Dojoji.
Two "add on's" Horns cut out of cardboard and painted with face paint. Taped to my head with masking tape.