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Noh Masks and Costumes of the Uesugi Clan

Noh Masks and Costumes of the Uesugi Clan / Honkan Room T1 & T2   January 29, 2019 (Tue) - March 31, 2019 (Sun)

  
Noh Mask: Oakujo, Signed “Created by Fukurai”, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 17th–18th century

Noh—a masked drama unique to Japan—was enjoyed, supported, and studied by members of the warrior class, and performed at official events of the military government in the Edo period (1603–1868). The Uesugi warrior clan, who were major feudal lords at the time, held a collection of Noh masks and costumes so extensive it was said to fill two storehouses. Although this collection became dispersed in the 1930s and 40s, the Tokyo National Museum acquired 32 masks and 96 costumes that were formerly a part of it. These exquisite objects are valuable not only for their artistic quality, but also for their association with the successive lords of the Uesugi clan, who appreciated and patronized the performing art of Noh.
 

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Kariginu Noh Costume, Design of paulownias and phoenixes on a purple ground, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 18th century
Atsuita Karaori Noh Costume, Design of flower carts and a broken lattice on a red and purple tiered ground, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 18th century
Noh Mask: Suji Otoko, Signed “Created by Tokuwaka”Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 17th century
Happi Noh Costume, Design of a woven wood fence and gourds on a light blue ground, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 18th century
Nuihaku Noh Costume, Design of scouring rush, sickles, and rose balsams on a white ground, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 18th century
Noh Mask: Yoroboshi, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 17th–18th century
Noh Mask: Horai Onna, Engraved “Created by Iseki Taikobo”Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th–17th century
Karaori Noh Costume, Design of bamboo curtains, shikishi and tanzaku poem cards, and bush clovers on a red, green, and brown checkered ground, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 18th century
Karaori Noh Costume, Design of pines and sails on a gold ground, Passed down by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 18th century
 

Catalogue

Noh Masks and Costumes of the Uesugi Clan
Noh Masks and Costumes of the Uesugi Clan
 
Price: 1,500 yen (Tax inclusive)
132p ( All color)

On sale in the museum shop from January 29, 2019.

 

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