Authentic, signed fine-art from Japan by artisan "Yamanaka Zodo". Judging based on the cords attached the item is likely from the 1970s.Yamanaka is a third generation, traditionally taught, wood craftsman! Zodo was born in the 1950s and keeps his family tradition going to this day. Carved done in an extremely rare Yakusugi Cedar from Yakushima Island which has been declared a UNESCO heritage site since 1993. Japan also banned the cutting of these trees since the 1970s.
It is still harvested in extremely limited quantities from trees that have naturally fallen. In the strictest sense, the term. Is reserved for trees aged 1,000 years or more, and younger trees are referred to as.
In general, the Japanese cedars. Live for about 500 years, but Yakusugi trees live much longer. They grow on less nutritious g.
Soil slowly and have a very tight grain. The wood contains a lot of resin due. To give you a better sense what it means to be a 1,000+ year old tree. When this Yakusugi Cedar sprouted. The telescope had not been invented.
The famed Japanese Samurai had not yet appeared in history. And within +/- 100 years, of the world still debating if the world was flat or round.. Although ergonomically correct, this item was always intended to be displayed as art and not worn. The inner recesses and ergonomics attest to the carvers's attention to detail.Japanese culture grades their used items different than Americans do. This one had some imperfection in the eyes of the Japanese, but I can't find one myself. The symmetry of this mask is stunning.
Look at how perfect the circles of the eyes are, or the long elongated lips. Its a rare quality item which is unfortunately becoming more difficult to fine as the art of mask making in Japan is rapidly a dying tradition. The character before us is called a Usofuki (or sometimes, Usobuki). This character is portrayed within the Kyogen theater which unlike Noh, is less formal.Kyogen theater often has a lighter religious tone, more comedic release and points fun at human nature and the search for meaning in daily life. Kyogen theater represents an social release of hierarchical tensions and its main purpose is to make fun of important characters depicted in the Noh plays and within Japanese society. Usobuki's eyes look surprised, yet the character is unable to scream or roar; it can only whistle, discretely, cowardly, inconsequentially.
Thus are the origins of Usobuki's name: "uso" meaning lie, and "fuki" meaning to blow, to whistle. A rare quality piece of master craftsmanship lucky enough to have made it out of Japan.In traditional Japanese fashion, the mask does a great job at showcasing the natural grains of the wood selected. 22.0cm/8.7" x 17.0cm/6.7". See more of my mask collection for sale, including my favorite masks... Japanese Masks - Check out my other items. The item "Japanese Fine-Art, Usofuki/Usobuki Mask, Yakusugi Wood, Signed Yamanaka UNESCO" is in sale since Friday, July 18, 2014. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Masks".
The seller is "maskmonger" and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.