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Kyogen: Ebisu and Bishamon
From: Old Noh and Kyogen Illustrations from the Early Edo Era
Kyogen: Ebisu and Bishamon
Kyogen deals mostly with nameless characters involved in everyday situations. Basic to the art is that even those actors performing women's roles express their emotions with their own faces, for which reason, masks did not develop as they did in the Noh drama. Kyogen has about 20 different types of masks, depicting everything from old people and ugly women to non-human characters, including deities, ghosts, demons, and the spirits of animals and plants. All of them\whether they are laughing or exaggerated expressions\were designed and created in order to elicit laughter from the audience.
Various Kyogen Masks
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