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KO-BESHIMI 

             

          小べし見, represents a demon from hell.  He dances like a frenzy. The facial expression  creates a truly frightening and intense appearance.  A sharp look  comes from the bulging, metallic gold eyeballs. The mouth is fermly clamped. The dark red color of the mask shows power.  The mask is used in interpreting  a ruthless god, such as in  the Noh performances Ukai, Nomori en Matsuyama Kagami and for terrifying demons with supernatural forces in  Himuro, Taniko en Tampu, and to represent a spirit that has fallen in the underworld in Shôkun, Shôki  en  Kôtei. The very first Kobeshimi mask was created  by  Shakazuru   Yoshinari  which can be  seen in the Tokyo National Museum.