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

 
Artist
Creation date
Publisher
Kansendō
Publisher
Izumi-ya Ichibei
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
Artist's signature reads: Chōōrō Kuniyoshi ga Publisher's mark: Kansendō (Izumi-ya Ichibei; nickname Sen-Ichi)
Dimensions
28-1/2 x 9-3/4 in. (image & sheet trimmed)
Credit line
Purchased form the D. P. Erwin Fund
Accession number
31.272
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.

Purchased by the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1931.
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