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

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

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)


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.

Given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1945.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)
period
Edo
creation date
about 1840
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
29 x 9-3/4 in.
accession number
45.213
credit line
Gift in memory of Charles C. Kryter
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors