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Showa Period (1926-1989)

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YAMAGUCHI Ryoshu, Japanese, (1886–1966)
Kyogen Performance: Kaki Yamabushi, Persimmon Thief Mountain Priest, 1927
Ink on Paper
15 in. x 10 in. (38.1 cm x 25.4 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2007.1.143

Alternate Title: Persimmon Thief Mountain Priest

Kyogen are short, comic interludes between longer noh plays. Using quick dialogue, improbable storylines and slapstick humor, some kyogen plays are parodies of familiar noh themes and others make fun of Shinto and Buddhist priests and rituals. A poular target are the mountain hermits, yamabushi, who are portrayed as rather "unholy' ascetics.

In Kaki yamabushi, a Buddhist layman tries to steal a persimmon from a tree, but gets caught standing on a box.

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