Noh mask, type “Sankōjyō”

Attributed to Kodama Chōemon

Sankōjyō depicts an undignified old man.

The name came from a master carver of Noh mask Sankōbō (? – 1532) who invented this type of mask. It is used for the roles of bandit, woodcutter or fisherman in the performances as “Yashima”, “Ukai”, or “Akogi”.

On the back of the mask, the description “Sankōjyō Ōmi Chōemon” is written with red lacquer. Ōmi Chōemon is a name used by Kodama Tomomitsu or his son Yoshimitsu who were the successors of Kodama- Ōmi family.