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Hidoki Hanabusa,
Noh Plays: Hagoromo, c. 1950's - 1960's
Ink on Paper
16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (41.91 cm x 29.46 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: 2006.1.74

A celestial maiden had taken off her “feathered robe” / hagoromo and then discovers that it had been taken by a fisherman. When she goes to get it (the scene shown here), the fisherman initially refuses her request and then acquiesces when she performs a dance for him. The artist Hanabusa depicts the maiden as she tentatively approaches the fisherman, saying, “Excuse me, but that robe is mine. Why are you taking it?”
See: Japanese Noh Drama: Ten Plays volume III, pp. 19-31

Dr. Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and the Humanities, Scripps College

Object Description
Printed with silver and gold colored metallic pigments.

Celestial maiden dancing with a feathered cloak.

Beautifully printed noh woodblock prints in the original folders and a silk covered box. The depicted noh plays are: Hagoromo, Shakkyo, Dojoji, Yuya, Okina, Matsukaze, Kokaji, Ohara Goko, Izutsu, and Shojo.

Matsumoto Hanga Hozon-kai

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