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Inshō Domoto, Japanese, (1891–1975)
YOSHIDA Bungoro, Bunraku Puppet Master, ca. 1956
ink and colors on paper
7 5/16 x 5 5/16 in. (19 x 13 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: 2016.1.51

Yoshida Bungoro IV (1869-1962) was honored by the Japanese government as a “Living National Treasure.” He specialized in female roles, and is shown here holding a woman wearing the headscarf of a traveler.
Prof. Bruce Coats

This work is similar to a print by SEKINO Junichiro of YOSHIDA Bungoro, 1956.

The Japanese puppet theater tradition, also called Ningyo joruri, is a complex performance art, with musicians playing a 3-string shamisen and sometimes drums, a single chanter who both narrates the plays and provides all the dialogue voices, and the puppet handlers. The puppets are large, about half to two-thirds life size, and are usually manipulated by 3 people: one for the head and right arm, one for the body and left arm, and one for the legs and feet. The puppeteers carefully coordinate their actions to give the puppets life like movements and expressions.
Prof. Bruce Coats

ink and colors on paper

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