Kyogen mask Noborihige

History The direct translation is 'climbing beard.' The name of a mask used in kyougen plays. His name is inspired by the upward-growing hair on his temples. Noborihige is used to play kyougen roles of gods, hermits, and spirits of the dead. He represents the god of a subtemple, in ai-kyougen scenes (kyougen interludes forming part of a Noh play) in such Noh plays as ARASHIYAMA and KAMO (The Thunder God).
Feature Noborihige has the face of a rustic old man with a slightly protruding forehead, low nose and several teeth missing.
The hair implanted around the lower half of his face, he has painted hair on his chin, upper lip, and eyebrows.

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