Kojima Studio Noh Masks (34 images)

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In my hands, the mask is surprisingly light. It is smooth, somehow luminous, as if lit from within, giving it an eerie beauty. The carved face is that of a woman, unwrinkled though perhaps no longer young. As I look, her smile seems to change from gentle to gently mocking, before becoming, momentarily, an expression of nearly inexpressible sadness. Her eyes appear to be fixed on mine...