Japanese No Masks

Japanese No Masks : With 300 Illustrations of Authentic Historical Examples

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 7.6mm | 294.84g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Little Gldn Treas and Revised ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486440141
  • 9780486440149
  • 205,947

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)show more

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