Couple with traditional Devil, or Oni-masks. Devil masks serve two purposes; the first, to portray the devil and create disasters or cause the plague, and conversely they are used to ward off evil spirits (As Fierce God Style). Used in Noh, Kabuki, and in celebration. Often handed down from generation to generation. There are variations on the devil mask, a well known one being the Hannya (般若) mask of Noh theater, representing a jealous female demon or serpent.

Couple with traditional Devil, or Oni-masks. Devil masks serve two purposes; the first, to portray the devil and create disasters or cause the plague, and conversely they are used to ward off evil spirits (As Fierce God Style). Used in Noh, Kabuki, and in celebration. Often handed down from generation to generation. There are variations on the devil mask, a well known one being the Hannya (般若) mask of Noh theater, representing a jealous female demon or serpent.

These are Japanese fox masks. The Japanese revere foxes.  They catch mice, thus saving rice in the fields.

These are Japanese fox masks. The Japanese revere foxes. They catch mice, thus saving rice in the fields.

Japanese mask is used for Noh play. It represents woman with anger.

Japanese mask is used for Noh play. It represents woman with anger.

I like this because there are multiple masks and each are very different my favorite is the middle one in the bottom.

I like this because there are multiple masks and each are very different my favorite is the middle one in the bottom.

Hannya mask - The Noh drama, Japan - 8 inches, cast metal - The Hannya mask, with its horns and sharp fangs, is probably the best known of all Noh masks. This character was once a beautiful woman who fell in love with a priest. Her unrequited love causes her to turn into a monster who expresses the fury of a woman overwhelmed by jealousy and anger.

Hannya mask - The Noh drama, Japan - 8 inches, cast metal - The Hannya mask, with its horns and sharp fangs, is probably the best known of all Noh masks. This character was once a beautiful woman who fell in love with a priest. Her unrequited love causes her to turn into a monster who expresses the fury of a woman overwhelmed by jealousy and anger.

Japanese Masks and Meanings

The Definitive Guide to Japanese Masks and Their Meanings

Hannya mask white by pochishen.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

Hannya mask white by pochishen.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

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