Actor in the No Play Hanagatami, Tsukioka Kôgyo, 1926

Actor in the No Play Hanagatami, Tsukioka Kôgyo, 1926

colour woodcut, h 378mm × w 252mm More details

A familiar attribute in No is the branch of bamboo that was carried by a woman. It is called a ‘branch of madness’ (kuruizasa) to indicate that she is confused or has lost hold of her senses. This can result from misfortune in love, but also the loss of a child. This woman had to renounce her lover.

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