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Kozuka with the Servant from the Play
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Kozuka with the Servant from the Play "Suehirogari"


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description In this scene from a comic play ("waki-kyogen"), a servant is dancing while holding an umbrella over his head. There are silver stripes on his robe and he wears gold socks ("tabi"). This dance occurs at the end of the play "Suehirogari," in which a master and his servant are preparing for New Year's. The play is considered felicious and was often performed at happy occasions, such as wedding celebrations, as well as at New Year's. The artist signed the kozuka on the reverse.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 不朽軒 壽盧; [Translation] Fukyûken Toshiyoshi
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
mid 19th century (late Edo-Meiji)
Medium
shibuichi, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.671
Measurements
3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm) (l.)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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