Kokeisai Sansho (1871-1926)

Osaka, circa 1900

A small okinmono style carving of a mask

A small okimono style carving of a mask, probably intended as a kijinmen representing a strong god-like character capable of dispelling evil. This type of mask is known to have existed before Noh theatre. This example seems to belong to the category of tobide, characterised by exaggerated features and an open mouth showing the tip of the tongue. Sansho has of course exploited such details for full comic effect.

A small okinmono style carving of a mask
A small okinmono style carving of a mask

Signed on an inlaid plaque: Sansho with kao
Height: 5.6cm

Signature Kokeisai Sansho