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Elizabeth Keith, British, (1887–1956)
Kongo in Okina - Noh, 1936
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 18.5 in.


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2009.1.55


Commentary
At the beginning of the performance, the actor / shite who will play Okina and others come onstage, bringing a mask box /menbako. While musicians play and another actor does the dance of Senzai, the shite takes the white Okina mask from the box (shown here) and puts it on, symbolically becoming a deity. He then does a ritual dance and departs.

Object Description
The Noh play Okina, as performed by the Kongo school, the oldest school of Noh.

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