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Antique Japanese Ceramic Sambaso Noh Figure C. 1910

Antique Japanese Ceramic Sambaso Noh Figure C. 1910

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1910: Item # 1315249

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The word Sambaso literally means, “The third Oldest Man”, and is a character performing a prologue in a classical play, either in Noh or Kabuki or Bunraku. Sambaso is performed as a greeting to the audience on behalf of the actor’s performing that night; and the role of Sambaso is always performed by the “third Oldest man” in the ensemble of actors. On New Year’s Day Sambaso is always the first actor to appear onstage to greet the audience. Classically performed at New Years. This wonderful ceramic rendition of Sambaso captures his expression to perfection. Signed by Ninsei. Perfect condition. 9" tall x 5" wide.