six figures set against a silver ground; from L to R: standing man with parasol; standing man with gold hand fan; two seated musicians facing two seated figures, one of whom is an elder

Scenes from Kyōgen Theater [left of a pair], mid 19th century

In this pair of screens, Kyōgen actors perform two comic plays. The left screen depicts a scene from Fuku no kami (“God of Good Luck”) during which the god, shown in red at the left, descends to earth for a night of frolicking at New Year's. The right screen portrays a scene from the skit Suehirogari (“The Fan of Felicity”), in which the young country bumpkin and servant Tarō-kaja, shown at the left, holds the umbrella he has been tricked into buying instead of the fan his master requested. The four men in a row provide the musical accompaniment of drums.

Details
Title
Scenes from Kyōgen Theater [left of a pair]
Artist Life
1811 - 1882
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.114.41.1
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six figures set against a silver ground; from L to R: standing man with parasol; standing man with gold hand fan; two seated musicians facing two seated figures, one of whom is an elder