Women's Activities of the Tokugawa Era: Watching No Dancers, undated (dateable 1897)
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 28 3/8 in. (35.56 cm x 72.07 cm)
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu”
Mounted together in scroll format.
A girl and 7 women watch a performance of noh / no theater in which dancers dressed as 2 Chinese lions (Kara shishi) frolic amidst peony flowers. Lion dances (shishi mai) have a long history in China and Japan, often associated with protecting a community against diseases but also with bringing good luck. The lively dance movements, and the swinging of the long manes, make for a popular theatrical interlude, found in both noh and kabuki. Often the lions are bothered by butterflies, leading to a comic dance (kappore), although that is not shown here.
Twelve of the Scripps College triptychs in this set were mounted as a handscroll, so the usual information about publisher and dates was trimmed off. However, this print has the seal of Hasegawa Tsunejiro's shop Kiyomizu-ya located in Kanda, and pertinent information about the series has been acquired from untrimmed prints in other collections.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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