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Shinsaku (神作)

Legendary mask makers of great age. Also, old masks created by such legendary makers. In "Kamenfu" (A Genealogy of Masks) written by Kita Shichidayū Hisayoshi (1742-1829), the ninth head of the Kita school, the author cites Shōtoku Taishi (Prince Shōtoku, or Umayado no ōji), Tankaikō (Fujiwara no Fuhito), Kōbō-Daishi (Kūkai) and Kasuga as examples of Shinsaku: "Apart from the masks created by those four makers, ones from the age before the 10 prominent mask makers (the so-called jissaku, or ten makers) should be called Shinsaku."

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