Noh Drama Mask of an Old Man (Kojo)
Derived from the ritual dances for rice-planting and harvesting and from folk entertainments such as acrobatics and juggling, Noh is the oldest extant professional theater in Japan. It was given artistic definition in the second half of the fourteenth century under the patronage of the Ashikaga Shogun. In Noh plays, only the leading character and his companions are masked. Other actors are unmasked but resolutely expressionless in their solemn performance of the musical drarna. The Kojō, or "old man," mask seen here, which represents the character of a small, wizened old man, usually designates a fisherman or a woodcutter. In theory, Noh masks obliterate the personality of the individual performer and lead to a more spiritual world.
Wood, traces of polychrome, horsehair
This item is not on view
Designated Purchase Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact email@example.com
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Noh Drama Mask of an Old Man (Kojo), 16th century. Wood, traces of polychrome, horsehair, 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (21 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 86.85.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.85.1_front_PS6.jpg)
front, 86.85.1_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.