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Includes 16 pages of color photos of the models at the beginning, with black and white diagrams with grey shading and black and white photos of each model.
These elegant masks, taken from Japanese mythology and traditional theater, will amaze readers who are only familiar with Fuse's unit origami boxes (which are, of course, also beautiful, but a completely different category of origami altogether.) Clear diagrams and wonderfully expressive models make this a worthwhile addition to any serious folder's collection.
This book is also described, in English and Japanese, at the Gallery Origami House website. From the page:
Follow the link to "English" and then "Original Books" and from there to "The Mask." There are photos for all the models.
A note on the translations: as most of these masks are characters from Japanese mythology and traditional theater, their names are a bit beyond my translation skills. I'm working on finding out more information about the characters, and will update this when I can. In the meantime, I've put quick descriptions of the faces in. Do go to the Origami House site to see the photos of the models, too!
|Chapter 1: Gigaku Masks||Gigaku is an early Japanese theatrical form, 7th-8th centuries.|
|75||This mask is of a (always drunken) foreign king with a headdress/crown|
|79||bald, sour-faced character; a drunken attendant of the King|
|45||Stern face with topknot|
(lit., "road keeper")
|65||bald man with long nose; leads the other performers onto the stage in a performance|
|Chapter 2: Bugaku Masks||Bugaku was another performance art popular after Gigaku, through the 12th century.|
|Batou||60||wild-haired character mask, used to represent anger in vigorous dances|
|Chikyuu||65||old man/woman with a kerchief on their head (?)|
|Kotokuraku||61||long nosed squinty-eyed face; used in a dance with drunken characters|
|Chapter 3: Gyoudou Masks|
|Batou||82||(this is a different "batou" than the first one) face with a headdress with a horse head on it|
|Kendatsuba||74||Face with an animal-head hood/TR>|
|Bishamon||78||Big square-jawed face with some sort of headdress|
|Chapter 4: Kyougen Masks||Kyougen is a comic theatrical form which evolved along with Noh drama.|
|Ebisu||71||One of the seven lucky gods; small beard and a flat hat|
|Daikoku||54||Another of the lucky gods; conical, flopped over hat, happy face|
|Kentoku||48||lopsided, odd face|
|Buaku||62||some kind of demon (?)|
|Chapter 5: Noh Masks||Noh is yet another ancient Japanese theatrical art form with a rich selection of masked characters.|
|Oobeshimi|| ||fat face, huge round eyes and a firmly clamped mouth; represents humor and bluster|
|Okina||84||Old man with beard|
|Shikami||66||angry face with furrowed brows, representing masculine rage|
|Hannya|| ||horned figure representing a woman turned into a demon through jealousy|
|Woman's Face||42|| |
|Hannya Fuu no Kashira||71||long-horned demon/dragon-like mask|
|Chapter 6: Shuu saku bako Masks||(I'm currently unclear on the meaning of this chapter title. I think it might mean "works in progress," more or less, but don't quote me.)|
|Taikoji||58||round faced mask|
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