Hagoromo 羽衣

Kōgyo, Tsukioka
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Japanese coloured woodblock print on textured paper. The character is wearing the shite (protagonist) costume from the Noh play Hagoromo.

The play is about a fisherman who is walking with his companions at night when he finds the Hagoromo, the magical feather-mantle of a tennin (an aerial spirit or celestial dancer) hanging on a bough. The tennin sees him taking it and demands its return—she cannot return to Heaven without it. The fisherman argues with her, and finally promises to return it, if she will show him her dance or part of it. She accepts his offer. The Chorus explains the dance as symbolic of the daily changes of the moon. In the finale, the tennin disappears like a mountain slowly hidden in mist.
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mount: Height x Width: 455 x 300mm
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Collection of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 87/42/2
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87/42/2, F2, 47767
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