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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Japanese
Title:Kyogen dancer
Date Made:19th century
Type:Netsuke
Materials:Wood and ivory; carved with pigment
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Overall: 1 5/8 in x 15/16 in x 15/16 in; 4.1 cm x 2.4 cm x 2.4 cm
Narrative Inscription:  inscriptions?
Accession Number:  MH 1986.30.74
Credit Line:William Richter Collection, Gift of Margaret Ruth Richter (Class of 1939)
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Description:
Japanese netsuke. Standing short figure in robe wearing a white ivory inlay mask with another face beneath it. Two holes on the back for funcational use.

Label Text:
The Kyogen is a comic dance commonly performed as an intermission between two classical Noh plays. The ivory inlay on this netsuke represents a Hyotoku mask with a facial expression that suggests drunkenness. Peering out from underneath the kimono is a smiling face, indicating that in Kyogen facial expressions do not have to be masked, but can be achieved naturally or with the aid of makeup.

Keywords/Tags:
comic dance, theater

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