Netsuke. No drama actor, holding a fan and a rosary. Made of wood, painted with various colours.
- Made in: Osaka-fu
- Height: 5.1 centimetres
Inscription Positionon the hem of the robe
Inscription Commentin an elongated oval cartouche
It is painted in the style of Nagamachi Shuzan.
It represents Jinen koji, a Noh play, written by Kan'ami (1333-1384). In the story, Jinen koji, a lay monk, is conducting seven days of preaching. On the last day, a young girl brings him a robe so that he will offer prayers for her dead parents. Jinen realizes that the girl has sold herself to slave traders to buy the robe. After the slave traders take her away, he stops his preaching and goes after the girl, finding her on a boat in Lake Biwa. The traders agree to give up the girl if the priest will sing and dance for them. He does so, and the girl freed.
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Object reference number: JCR2270
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