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Puppet, wood and cloth. Used in Bunraku theatre for the character of Osome.
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Height: 107 centimetres
Width: 57 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The costume has the three-triangle crest of the Kawabata family embroidered into the collar.
Osome is a popular role found in several sewamono (contemporary domestic dramas) performed in both Bunraku and Kabuki, such as Shinpan utazaemon (1780), the earliest version of which dates from 1711. At certain times during the Edo period, particularly during the early 18th century, Bunraku eclipsed live Kabuki theatre in popularity. It is still regarded in Japan today as a traditional art form of great significance, with regular performances at the National Theatre.
- On display (G93/dc6/sD)
- Exhibition history
Japanese Theater in the World, Japan Society, New York, 1997
Japan: Theater in der Welt, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 1998
2018 Nov - G93, Japan from Prehistory to Present
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- Acquisition notes
- Given to the vendor by the widow of Kawabata Yasunari in 1977.
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