A magnificent and detailed noh mask known as Shojo, which is used specifically for the play that contains the same name as the mask. Shojo originated in China as a mythical beast and was imported to Japan as a sake loving creature. In Noh theater, the play is performed for festive and auspicious occassions where the character is dressed in a colorful noh costume and wearing a red wig. Depending on the school of Noh, a jar with a ladle at times are used for the performance. The mask contains a signature on the back signed, Masayuki. The work is assumedly done by the noted Noh mask artist, Nishimura Masayuki (active mid to late 20th century) who was trained by Takamura Koun, a noted sculptor of Buddhist images. Nishimura Masayuki along with Suzuki Keiun continued the tradition of making Noh masks during the 20th century and trained many disciples. Age: mid to late 20th century. Size: Height: 20" Width: 3" Length: 4.75"