Japanese No Masks: With 300 Illustrations of Authentic Historical ExamplesPaperback Dover Books on Fine Art
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- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 8mm | 295g
- Publication date: 30 June 2005
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486440141
- ISBN 13: 9780486440149
- Edition statement: Little Gldn Treas and Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: 300
- Sales rank: 135,063
Combining elements of dance, drama, music and poetry, the performances of Japanese No theater are a highly stylized form of entertainment. Accompanying the sumptuous costumes worn during performances are elaborately carved No and Kyogen wooden masks -- major works of art in their own right. This book, based on a classic two-volume German study, presents a wealth of illustrations and information relating to these magnificent theatrical devices. A new, informative introduction and extensive captions derived from the original text and newly translated, accompany the heart of the book--more than 120 full-page plates depicting museum-quality masks worn by actors playing gods, warriors, demons, and monsters, beautiful women, feudal lords, mad characters, and supernatural beings. All 303 illustrations from the original two-volume work are included. A unique introduction to classic Japanese theater for Western theatergoers, this volume will also serve as an excellent reference for students, scholars, and enthusiasts of No drama.
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Table of contents
Note to the Dover Edition Introduction Full-Page Plates The No Stage and Accessories (Plates I-XIII) Outstanding Masks, in Historical Sequence of Carvers (Plates XIV-CXXII) Illustrated Catalog of Mask Types No. Boys (Figs. 1-7) No. Young Men (Figs. 8-12) No. Mature Men (Figs. 13-36) No. Old Men (Figs. 37-56) No. Young Girls (Figs. 57 & 58) No. Young and Mature Women (Figs. 59-80) No. Old Women (Figs. 81-86) No. Blind Men (Figs. 87-89) No. Demons and Monsters (Figs. 90-149) No. Gods and Sorcerers (Figs. 150-160) Kyogen (Figs. 161-181)