Scene from the Noh Play "Takasago"
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
14 1/2 x 19 7/8 in. (36.8 x 50.5 cm)
Gift of Teiji Ito, 1919
Not on view
In the Noh play Takasago, a traveler meets an old man and an old woman raking and sweeping around an ancient pine; only later are they revealed as divine beings. Their apparent devotion to each other accounts for the traditional reference to a passage from the play during wedding festivities in Japan. The couple is depicted here with rake and broom; both the man and the woman wear mizugoromo similar to the garment displayed in this case.
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