In Noragami, some characters wear masks (e.g. Rabo).

Rabo's mask

I know what they are and everything, but I feel like I've seen something like it before, but I can't find anything online (Rabo's mask especially).

Are the masks completely fictional, or are they based off of anything?

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    Possible duplicate of What is the one eyed mask in Noragami?
    – JustPlain
    Jun 22, 2018 at 6:16
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    @JustPlain I'm not sure this is a dupe of that question. The OP has already mentioned that they "know what they are and everything", which I assume in-universally, but the question seems looking for out-of-universe explanation.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Jun 22, 2018 at 8:36
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    On the other hand, it might be related to Noh masks, as explained on a possibly related question on different series (Natsume's Book of Friends), but I haven't researched further for Noragami.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Jun 22, 2018 at 8:40
  • @Aki Tanaka You might be right. While reading for the first time I thought OP was looking for the meaning of the mask but after reading your comment that is unlikely.
    – JustPlain
    Jun 22, 2018 at 8:50

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Using an eye is a common mask design. Maybe that's why it feels familiar to you.

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The ones wearing a piece of cloth to hide their face are usually unimportant background characters, though. If I remember correctly the purpose is to prevent servants from seeing the face of the emperor. Or sometimes it is people dressed completely in black with a black cloth mask who are doing background tasks and are supposed to be treated as not being there, for example during a performance.

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