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Dancer, Sambaso, approx. 1800–1900

Dancer, Sambaso

Dancer, Sambaso, by Hojitsu (Japanese ?-1871), approx. 1800-1900. Netsuke; Ivory. The Avery Brundage Collection, B70Y621.

Sanbaso is a Kyogen character appearing in the auspicious New Year’s Noh play, Okina, who dances to bring about fertile harvests and safety for home and family. The crane and young pine motifs on the actor’ s robe are typical of this role and bespeak good future.

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