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Puppet head, wood. Head of puppet used in Bunraku theatre for the character of Bunshichi, with moveable mouth.
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Height: 38 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bunshichi is a leading role, often a tragic character. The 'moveable mouth' variation is often used for grand villains, such as Fujiwara Shihei in the 1746 play Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy. 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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