Assuming the cordage is original to the mask its likely this piece is 20-30 years old. There are very few artisans in the entire world capable of carving such an impressive piece.Okame is a happy satisfied woman... Often depicted with a cat. Okame, also known as Uzume or Otafuku is the name for the female counterpart of a traditional Japanese Kyogen theater pair. She is considered to be the goddess of mirth and is frequently seen in Japanese art. Her full cheeks and merry eyes are an unforgettable sight and a delight to behold. Some Japanese scholars theorize that long ago, when the first Okame masks were created, they may have represented an idealized form of feminine beauty. Styles and tastes are subject to change, and the ancient Japanese might be surprised to learn that the name Okame is today sometimes used as a less-than-appreciated joking taunt by Japanese husbands. In contrast, a famous and contemporary Japanese Kyogen actor once commented that the countenance of Okame is what every man hopes his bride will look like on his wedding night.
Why are the teeth black might you ask? Is a custom of dyeing one's teeth black. It was most popular in Japan until the. Dyeing was mainly done by married women, though occasionally men did it as well.
It was also beneficial, as it prevented tooth decay, in a similar fashion to modern. In Japan, it had existed since the prehistorical ages, and was seen among the civilians until the end of the Meiji period. Pitch black things such as glaze like lacquer were seen as beautiful. He main ingredient was a dark-brown solution of.
Made by dissolving iron filings in vinegar. The solution is combined with vegetable tannins from sources such as gallnut powder or tea powder, to turn it black and non-water soluble. See my other masks for sale, including several of my other Otafuku masks.
Check out my other items. The item "Japanese Okame (Otafuku) Masterfully Carved Fine Art OVERSIZED Wooden Mask" is in sale since Monday, March 24, 2014. This item is in the category "Home & Garden\Home Décor\Masks". The seller is "maskmonger" and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.