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能面延命冠者
Nohmen Enmei Kaja ( Noh Mask of Lengthened life Kaja )

 
Designation National Important Cultural properties
Classification Sculpture
Designated Date June 21, 1962
Amount 1
Address Aza-Koromonoseki,Hiraizumi
Holder Chuson-ji
Retainer  
Administrator  
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary
The inscription is dated March, 1291. (some other information is illegible).
It said to be the commemoration of pilgrimage for the Hakusan-Gongen shrine.
This Noh-mask is one of the old traditional ones peculiar to Chuson-ji, and the oldest existing mask with inscription.
It used Japanese Judas tree timber, and the curving technique is rather rough and unsophisticated. The slant-eyed laughing face expresses a flood of life, and it is indeed a precious example of old masks peculiar to the beginning era of Noh-mask.
It said to be converted to Nyo-men (female mask), and it has the inscription of “Jaku-nyo (young woman)”.