Mask for a Noh drama
Attributed to Himi 日氷・日見・氷見 ? (birth and dead dates unknown)
Momoyama period, 16th century
Deïgan means literally “eyes mud”. The mask was named because its eyes were painted with gold mud. Also it indicates that this woman is a superhuman being. Vacant eyes and half-opened mouth, and dishevelled hair are fearful. It is used for a woman who has attained religious salvation or for a woman whose jealousy transformed herself to a living spirit. Himi was a noh mask carver. He was good at carving fearful or pathetic masks.
Backside: “Deïgan (泥眼) Made by Himi (日氷作) with gold lacquer