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œ Female Masks
› Ko-omote; Magojiro; Zo-onna; Waka-onna; Omi-onna; Fukai; Shakumi; Uba; Ro-jo; etc.

The number of Female Masks is also very large, as they are used to portray any female character, including an old woman, and they are also divided both by age and character. Compared with the male masks, female masks do not display such a wide range of individuality, and there are no female masks used only for specific roles. Young women usually wear Ko-omote, Magojiro, Waka-onna, or Zo-onna; middle-aged women, Fukai or Shakumi; and old women, Uba or Ro-jo. The way in which strands of hair are drawn on their sides is characteristic of each type. The Ko-omote mask is the prettiest, and expresses a rather naive innocence. With its broad forehead, high eyebrows, and long narrow eyes\having small square holes gouged out of their black pupils, a mouth that can express either a frown or a smile, and full cheeks, it expresses the essence of a young woman. The Fukai mask is used for the distraught mother in Sumida River who comes from Kyoto to Tokyo in search of her son, who had been stolen by slave traders, and it is distinguished by its wrinkle-like dimples. The Uba mask is very refined and expresses a quiet dignity, and is thus used for the old woman in the first part of The Twin Pines as well as for the aged grandmother in The Old Woman Abandoned in the Hills.

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