Heaven Has a Face, So Does Hell Two volumes showing the remarkable combination of superb artistry, sophisticated design and a lengthy history of continuous use that sets the masks of the Noh theatre of Japan apart from all others. Full description
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PURE BEAUTY AND BRILLIANT CRAFTSMANSHIP!30 août 2011
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A beautifully crafted two-volume set (comes with a slipcase) on Japanese Noh masks. Nothing quite compared to the depth and beauty of this set of books on the subject. Volume 1 contains mostly texts and chapters describing the role Noh theater and masks played in Japanese history of performance arts. Volume 2 contains the pictures (and, wow, what pictures they are!). A brief summary:
Volume 1 (403 pages)
Chapter 1 Origins of the Noh Mask Chapter 2 The Evolution of Noh Mask Chapter 3 A Brief History of Noh Theater Chapter 4 The Fundamentals of Noh Theater Chapter 5 The Art of the Noh Mask Chapter 6 The Form and Function of the Mask Chapter 7 Noh Masks Names and Taxonomy Chapter 8 Noh Mask Types and Roles Chapter 9 Master Carvers of the Noh Mask Chapter 10 Signature and Other Markings Chapter 11 Traditional Storage and Handling
Glossary (very good) Bibliography (mostly Japanese publications) Index (very useful. Often paired with Japanese Kanji)
Volume 2 (261 pages)
Contains full page photo reproductions of Noh masks with descriptions and notes. When you open the book, the photos will be on your left and the narratives will be on your right. An excellent layout which allows you to see both the masks and the notes at the same time. More than 140 masks are shown. Each mask shown in full color reproduction and a smaller B&W picture of the back of the mask showing various inscriptions and artist's signature - a very useful feature. This volume alone is worth the price. The full-color reproductions of the masks are art objects in themselves. You can see all the details of the carving - lines, colors, stains, down to the smallest imperfections. The faithful reproductions will simply take your breath away. Initial printing of only 1,200 copies. It's a true gem in Japanese art books.
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Simply amazing18 août 2012
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This book is most probably the best resource on Noh masks I have ever encountered, and the collection of high-quality images of seals and signatures has proven to be absolutely invaluable.