untitled; given title: Shirabyōshi Beneath Sudare (Sudare shita no shirabyōshi)

 
Artist
Creation date
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Dimensions
29 x 9-3/4 in.
Credit line
Gift in memory of Charles C. Kryter
Accession number
45.213
Collection
Not Currently On View

簾下の白拍子

Shirabyōshi were female performers who dressed as male courtiers with tall hats and swords. They first appeared in the 1100s, performing sacred dances to slow and rhythmic music for nobles and samurai. They were required to be educated as well as talented poets, musicians, and singers; one can easily imagine, as entertainers, good looks were a plus.

Given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1945.
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