Molded bugaku mask of an old, bald man, laughing. The mask has been made of paper mache or wood pulp. The inside lined with two or more layers of textile. The face stained black, the lips of the open mouth and the gums red, the teeth white. Japan, late Edo or early Meiji period.
An attentive client identified the character as Heishitori or wine bearer, in the dance Kotokuraku.
Height 11 3/8 in. (29 cm), width 7 ¼ in. (18.5 cm), depth 4 in. (10 cm).
Two old thin cracks at the man’s left temple (the upper one with old restoration), few very superficial chips at the rim (reverse) and patch of cloth chipped away on the inside. Otherwise good and stable condition.