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Estate of Helen A. Grut
This handscroll depicts eighteenth-century Japanese theatrical entertainments and their audiences in precise detail. Since the scroll is "read" from right to left, we first encounter a group of people moving toward the entrance of a theater. Those who are attracted by the announcements of the performance enter the theater toward the left.
As the scroll is unrolled further, the theater is revealed. An audience sits attentively on the floor, enjoying tea poured by a handsome young man, while a more privileged group occupies a raised platform, having brought picnic food an wine in a portable lacquer case. The puppets are operated from below. They are similar in type and scale to the puppets used in modern bunraku, where the puppeteers appear on stage during the performance.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. p. 10, fig. 7.
- Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 54, pp. 72-73.
- Genshoku Ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten. 11 vols., , shohan. Tokyo, 1980-1982. p. 68.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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