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The actor Sawamura Tanosuke holds an iron staff with rings that was used to sound an alarm in times of emergency. This may be a visual metaphor since to "sound the iron staff" also refers to an alarmist person who worsens a conflict, like throwing oil on a fire-in short, a rabble-rouser.
Mrs. Kate Kiser. Klein; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972
Spring Colors: Lion Dance at a Mansion (Shunshoku yakata no shishi-mai)
Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835-1888)