three figures set against a silver background in various poses; from L to R, a smiling man in a tall blue hat and red kimono dances with a fan; a kneeling figure in black and another in green gesture toward him with right arms extended up and back and left arms extended down, their hands grasping fans; a lone pine frond decorates the second panel from the L

Scenes from Kyōgen Theater [right 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 [right of a pair]
Artist Life
1811 - 1882
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.114.41.2
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three figures set against a silver background in various poses; from L to R, a smiling man in a tall blue hat and red kimono dances with a fan; a kneeling figure in black and another in green gesture toward him with right arms extended up and back and left arms extended down, their hands grasping fans; a lone pine frond decorates the second panel from the L