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Auspicious Motifs in Noh Designs

"Auspicious Motifs in Noh Designs"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 9  January 2, 2022 (Sun) - March 6, 2022 (Sun)

  
Noh Costume (Karaori) with Haze, Chrysanthemums, and Fan Paper, Passed down by the Konparu troupe, Nara (Edo period, 18th century)

As one of the traditional performing arts of Japan, noh theater originally served to pray for good harvests, the prosperity of descendants, health and longevity at temples and shrines. Therefore, noh costumes and props were often decorated with auspicious patterns. In Japan, there are both traditional Chinese patterns and unique Japanese patterns. Please have a look at the auspicious patterns motifs in noh designs on display in this room.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Noh Costume ("Atsuita") with Three-Line Checks, Phoenixes, and Diamonds Passed down by the Konparu troupe, Nara Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th–17th century I-3220
Highlight Noh Costume ("Karaori") with Haze, Chrysanthemums, and Fan Paper Passed down by the Konparu troupe, Nara Edo period, 18th century I-3521