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Costumes and Masks of the Noh Play Shōjō

"Costumes and Masks of the Noh Play Shōjō"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 9  August 24, 2021 (Tue) - October 24, 2021 (Sun)

  
Noh Mask: Shōjō
Passed down by the Konparu troupe, Nara, Muromachi period, 15th-16th century (Important Cultural Property)

Shōjō is a celebratory Noh play based on a Chinese legend about a fairy called a shōjō. In the story, the shōjō gives a beautiful pot with endless liquor to Kōfū, a liquor seller. Since ancient times, alcohol has been regarded as “the best of one-hundred medicines” in East Asia, and its benefits were praised in various texts. Shōjō was a popular play. The actor performing the role of the shōjō wore a red-faced dōji mask with a big smile, a karaori costume decorated with chrysanthemums and red ōguchi trousers, with a large red wig known as an akagashira.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 4 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Noh Mask: "Shōjō" Passed down by the Konparu troupe, Nara Muromachi period, 15th-16th century C-1535
_MD_RECOMMEND Noh Costume ("Karaori") with Chrysanthemums and Water Passed down by the Konparu troupe, Nara Edo period, 18th century I-2012
_MD_RECOMMEND Noh Costume ("Ōguchi") with Chrysanthemums and Water Passed down by the Konparu troupe, Nara Edo period, 18th century I-2846
_MD_RECOMMEND "Shōjō" Dance By Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858) Edo period, 19th century A-90 On exhibit through September 20, 2021
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