This is an Noh mask which describes an old man (Okina)’s face. This one was originally made for Sarugaku theatre and was already used around the end of Heian period (about B.C. 1100). While Yamato court established the country from 4th century to 7th century, each tribe performed a Shinto dance to show their obedience to the court. At that time the heads of the tribes danced and spoke words of cerebration. This is the origin of the Okina dance. This is as sacred as the god’s mask and is the symbol of wisdom and peace. It does have wrinkles yet it shows happiness. The very characteristic feature of this mask is the “kiriago” which is the jaw part separated from the upper part of the face.