662 Sold Rare Japanese Edo Period Nohmen - Nohgaku Wooden Sculpture

This is a Rare carved wood Japanese Sculpture of a Nohgaku performer from the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) and is good condition. Noh Theatre or Nohgaku is one of the World's most ancient stage traditions and is still acted today. Noh Theatre is known for the elaborate use of wooden masks and the actors are known as 'Nohmen'. Noh performance combines supernatural elements with ancient Buddist philosophies and express them through music and dance. This sculpture has a great patina and the original paintwork is intact with the expected few nibbles and very small blemishes that you would expect on a piece nearly 200 years old. This was a great find in a street market and looks superb in my gallery. The sculpture is carved from one piece of wood and really is a masterclass in wooden hand carving.

Height 12.5" (31.5cm) Width 8" (20cm) Item Sold