Monday, March 15, 2010

Japanese Noh Mask

Another piece of Tacoma's public art
displaying the cultural diversity
of the Pacific Northwest.

The accompanying plaque says

Grandfather Noh Mask

In classic Noh performance,
emotions are conveyed 
through actors' gestures 
and poses, while expressionless
masks identify the characters
and focus on the play's meaning.

Now this grandfather
with no face speaking
holds us
in his hands.
Watch! Watch!
See his words!
Hear the stories
in his hands.

"- CA"


murphtall said...

where is that mask???? Thnak you i look at your site every day :)

Meri said...

Couldn't find an email for you to respond directly, so I hope you see this. It's on Broadway, a few feet past American Art Co. walking toward the Hotel Murano. It's there with the Korean bridal mask and close to the reddish-orange mosaic piece I posted a couple of days ago.

L. D. Burgus said...

It is a neat mask. I guess Japanese were just as much settling the area as other nationalities.

Julie said...

very profound art

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow! please email me the location - just in case! heading to the pnw next month!!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

nevermind....i see you give the location in a comment....that will teach me