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Honmen (本面)

Masks that form the standard for individual schools and are passed down by the heads of the schools are known as thehonmen, or “original masks.” Many Honmen were made in the Muromachi era and hold high artistic value. The ownership of Honmen was reported to the Shogunate and indicated in written records of the Edo era. The owners of Honmen treat them with special care, only using them in special occasions.

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