O'beshimis were first created by the thirteenth carver Shakazuru Yoshinari; a good standard o'beshimi mask is owned by the Mitsui family, Tokyo. Although depicted as a somewhat ferocious character he is actually rather timid and weak, as expressed in his sorrowful eyes. Buaku masks are typically painted a reddish-brown with drooping eyes and prominent jaw. He is usually biting his lower lip, exposing his top row of teeth.Kyogen theatre is thought to stem from Sarugaku, a form of Chinese entertainment brought to Japan around the 8th century. It was a popular form of entertainment which included such elements as mime, acrobatics and magic encompassing both drama and comedy. By the 14th century, these contradictive forms of Sarugaku had become known as Noh and Kyogen, respectively. 4.5 cm x 4.0 cm x 1.5 cm. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke". The seller is "cosmic_goods" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.