Japanese Mask - Mikihiro Taeda
Folio. 128pp b&w plates throughout with a few plates in full colour. Cloth covered boards in glossy colour illustrated slipcase. Japanese text. Tokyo: Chikuma Shobo, 1966.
An outstanding catalogue of Japanese masks with Mikihiro Taeda's striking photography. The book is chaptered to cover different approaches to mask making from those used in religious festivals, Shinto rituals and traditional Noh performances. From the Kyōgen masks which often take the playful forms of the fox or monkey to the Gigaku masks carved by Buddhist sculptors that were made to cover the whole head. An extraordinary photographic study of the subject.