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Sofu Matsuno, Japanese, (1899–1963)
Twelve Months of Noh Pictures: Okina (January), c. 1960
Ink on Paper
14 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (36.51 cm x 24.13 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: 2006.1.47


Alternate Title: Juni-kagetsu noh ga Suri: Okina

Marks
Artist's seal. Signature Sofu.

Characters inscribed in the seal mean: "All's Right With the World"

Object Description
January. "Okina". Ritual dance performed on the 4th of January, "Okina". The series was made by Sofu's 6 original designs plus 6 by his son, Hideyo.
Characters inscribed on the seal mean: "All's Right With the World"
Publisher Unsodo. Carver Nagashima. Printer Shinmi.

Okina is the oldest and most sacred piece in the Noh repertoire, but unlike other pieces, Okina is more like a set of dances than a full play. The piece prays for good harvest and longevity, and it is based on the rituals of traditional Japanese ceremonies. It is even said that the principle actors of Okina are possessed by the presence of a god throughout the duration of the performance.

Publisher
Publisher Unsodo. Carver Nagashima. Printer Shinmi.

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