|Ko-omote (Ko-omote in Kanji)
The word "Ko" represents cuteness, youth and beauty. "Omote" means face. The mask reflects a very young woman. It is one of the well known female masks.
Face of an elegant beauty. To compete with other schools of Noh, Kanzei school of Noh had ordered master mask maker to create Waka-onna at the beginning of Edo period.
It is believed that the name "Zo-onna" was named by its creator Zo-ami. Unlike Ko-omote or Waka-onna, the mask does not show cheeriness or cuteness. Rather, it reflects calmness, purity and peaceful images of deities of ancient Japan.
Face of an old woman in deranged state. In Noh, "Uba" is usually goddess disguised in a human form as in classical play "Isemonogatari"