Aboslutely stunning Mennetsuke or "mask netsuke"! Whimsical Antique Japanese Netsuke Mask with fine details. This is tiny (approximately 4.2 cm x 3.5 cm) - see its perspective next to a United States quarter. These lovely little items hang easily with a standard push-pin on the wall. Edo Period Item (ca 1603 to 1868) & Signed "Deme Sukemitsu".Silver Brooch Pin added after-the-fact, per the hole in the reverse-center, this was intended once to be attached to an "Inro" and once had cordage running through it. The quality craving is superb if it were a full-sized mask; its masterful given its 2 dimensions. The high-quality of this item is exceptionally rare.
Character here is an "Okame". Okame, also known as Uzume or Otafuku is the name for the female counterpart of a traditional Japanese Kyogen theater pair. Okame is a happy satisfied woman...
Often depicted with a cat. She is considered to be the goddess of mirth and is frequently seen in Japanese art. Her full cheeks and merry eyes are an unforgettable sight and a delight to behold.Some Japanese scholars theorize that long ago, when the first Okame masks were created, they may have represented an idealized form of feminine beauty. Styles and tastes are subject to change, and the ancient Japanese might be surprised to learn that the name Okame is today sometimes used as a less-than-appreciated joking taunt by Japanese husbands.
In contrast, a famous and contemporary Japanese Kyogen actor once commented that the countenance of Okame is what every man hopes his bride will look like on his wedding night. Please see my other masks (including many Japanese ones) that are being listed. Check out my other items! The item "Finely Carved Antique Japanese Netsuke Mask Highest-Quality Mennetsuke" is in sale since Sunday, November 15, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke".
The seller is "maskmonger" and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.