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Okina surimono

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Okina surimono, c. 1890-1900
Ink on paper
8 11/16 in. x 22 3/8 in. (22.1 cm x 56.9 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2011.1.8


Commentary
Okina is traditionally performed at New Years or at the beginning of a theatrical season, and depicts the transformation of an old man into a Shinto deity. Unlike other noh plays, Okina has no plot, and the monologue is composed of ancient words and phrases that are no longer understood. The dance steps are considered auspicious, and the actor prepares for the performance by several days of ritual purification.

Marks
Signed: "Koho" w/ artist's seal

Medium
naga-ban Shijo surimono color woodblock print.

Object Description
Long horizontal color surimono woodblock print with poetry on the left and a noh actor performing Okina on the right.

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