Ink, color, and gold leaf on paper; bamboo and lacquer
13 1/4 × 19 in. (33.7 × 48.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Hunt, 1942
Not on view
An important accessory of Noh actors is the chūkei fan. In the refined and simplified performances, the fan plays an important role in delineating character. Differentiations in fans include the design, the colors of the ground and the color of the lacquer on the bamboo frame, depending on the particular role being performed. Each side of this fan has a different design, which is richly painted on gold-leafed paper. Cherry blossoms and pine are depicted on one side, and the Queen of the West and the King of the East from Chinese legend appear on the reverse. This kind of chūkei fan is appropriate for a female role.
Artist: Maki-e by Yūtokusai Gyokkei (Japanese, (active early–mid-19th century))Date: mid-19th centuryMedium: Four cases; lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e on gold lacquer ground Netsuke: lacquered wood with inlay of a snail on bamboo Ojime: metal bead with birdsAccession: 36.100.246On view in:Gallery 223