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Noh and Kabuki: Masks and Costumes in the Noh Play Eguchi

"Noh and Kabuki: Masks and Costumes in the Noh Play Eguchi"

Honkan Room 9  August 21, 2018 (Tue) - October 14, 2018 (Sun)

  
Karaori (Noh costume), Design of haze, chrysanthemums, and fan papers on a light brown, red, and green checkered ground, Formerly passed down by the Konparu troupe, Edo period, 18th century

The Noh play Eguchi is based on a story in which the monk-poet Saigyo receives lodging at the home of the harlot of Eguchi. The latter act of Eguchi is quite lively, featuring the appearance of the spirits of three courtesans, riding in a boat and lamenting their sinful lives while hoping for salvation. They are played by actors wearing ko’omote masks and karaori garments with red coloring, both of which are typically used for depicting young women in Noh. The setting for this scene is nighttime, with the clear autumn moon shining brilliantly. We invite you to imagine this setting while viewing the masks and costumes on display.

Current exhibit includes:
Karaori (Noh costume), Design of chrysanthemums, Eulalia grass, and butterflies on a red and white striped ground, Edo period, 18th century
Karaori (Noh costume), Design of haze, chrysanthemums, and fan papers on a light brown, red, and green checkered ground, Formerly passed down by the Konparu troupe, Edo period, 18th century