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Showa Period (1926-1989)

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Hidoki Hanabusa,
Noh Plays: Shakkyo, 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: 2006.1.75

The artist Hanabusa depicts a vigorous dance as the actor lifts his foot onto the bridge railing. The lion shakes his head, having smelled the heavenly fragrance of the peonies, while the chorus chants that flowers and trees will bend before the Buddha when the lion dances.

Professor of Bruce Coats

Object Description
Printed with silver and gold colored metallic pigments.

Noh actor facing forward guarding a stone bridge. Peonies in background.

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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