This is not a Noh mask, but rather a Nasori mask used for the ancient Japanese dance drama Bukaku (dance music) which is accompanied by Gagaku (elegant music of the Imperial Court).
This art form was originally imported from Korea & China as early as the 7th century, refined and preserved as the earliest orchestral form in the world.
Fudo is the Buddist divinity of waterfalls, In Japanese astrology one of the patrons of life, and also the god of wisdom. A fierce looking mask with lots of personality, this mask has an articulated jaw retained by a silk cord there is the expected wear of over a century of handling and a few areas of crazing in the finish from shrinkage over time.
This is one of several masks offered that came from a collection whose owner lived in Japan during the post World War II period. The condition is quite fine with wear consistent with it’s plus or minus 100 years of actual theater service. Unsigned. Dry lacquer over cloth.
7 3/8" (18.73 cm)w- 11 1/8" (28.25) ht - 5 1/4" (13.34 cm) dpth.
Definately an attention grabber and would look fantastic on a wall beneath art lighting.