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Noh and Kabuki: Bugaku Costumes

"Noh and Kabuki: Bugaku Costumes"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 9  April 18, 2017 (Tue) - June 11, 2017 (Sun)

  
Bugaku Costume for Kitoku Role, Ryoto, Edo period, 19th century

Bugaku was introduced into Japan at the end of the 8th century, where it developed independently as a performing art enacted during rituals at shrines, temples, and the imperial court. Bugaku costumes were made in a traditional style showing influence from the culture of the imperial court. Moreover, costumes for Chinese-style Bugaku, which is called “Saho” or “Togaku,” are characterized by red tones, while those for Korean-style Bugaku, known as “Uho” or “Komagaku,” show extensive use of blues. This exhibition shows costumes from two energetic Korean-Style Bugaku dances: “Kitoku,” and “Bairo.” We invite visitors to compare the colors and designs of these costumes to become more familiar with this elegant performing art that developed under the patronage of the imperial court.

Current exhibit includes:
Bugaku Costume for Kitoku Role, Ryoto, ho, and hakama, Edo period, 19th century
Bugaku Costume for Bairo Role, Ryoto, ho, and hakama, Edo period, 19th century