Book - Noh and Kyogen Masks,
Costumes, and Accessories Display
A beautifully produced display
book featuring Noh and Kyogen Mask, and Ornate costumes, and accessories.
Includes a generous display of mask backside views which show makers
markings. Also, and unusually thorough display of sashes used in both Noh
and Kyogen costumes, which reveal a wealth of symbol and border motifs. In
addition, a display of beautiful fans used in these performance arts.
Notes about Noh and Kyogen:
Japan's traditional performing
arts of Noh and Kyogen developed together in the 14th century during the
Muromachi period (1333-1573).
Today, they are thought of together as the art of Nogaku, or as Noh
Noh is a symbolic drama
typified by graceful, quiet elegance that expressed the concept of "yugen"
(refined elusive beauty). Noh characters are from history or classical
literature, and it is structured around song and dance.
The main actor performs wearing a mask of exceptional beauty. Its themes
concern human destiny. It is a highly stylized and refined art performed
on a simple stage - Noh costumes are quite ornate, with copious amounts of
exquisitely dazzling embroidery.
Kyogen is a spoken comedic
drama and actor also ware masks. Unlike Noh, it uses the everyday life
of the common people in feudal society or folk tales as its subject. This more
lively art, whose typical main character is a servant named Taro Kaja, evokes
a gentle and entertaining humor.
Noh and Kyogen are performed on
the same stage. Both Noh, through its pursuit of a symbolic ideal beauty, and
Kyogen, through its realistic expression of humor, attempt to portray the
essence of human nature, and have been passed down in these complementary
Text: Japanese - 132 pages generously illustrated - Large format 21 x 30 cm -
Soft bound with lovely matt finished covers - Printed on beautifully finished,
thick museum catalogue stock - Condition: New
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