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INCOMPLETION OF KOTSUZUMI

INCOMPLETION OF KOTSUZUMI


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INCOMPLETION OF KOTSUZUMI

Two pieces of the wooden frames of incomplete 'kotsuzumi' small hand drums before lacquering used for Noh plays. Showa period, 20th century, Japan. approx. H 28.4cm (11.18in), D 10.2cm (4.01in)


Title --- Aya no Tsuzumi (lit. "The Damask/Twill Drum")

Plot --- The gardener at the Palace of Chikuzen has fallen in love with the Imperial Consort. She sends a message to the gardener that she will meet him at the pond if he beats the drum which she has placed in a laurel tree in the garden. He tries but the drum has been made with twill (aya) and so cannot sound. Realising that he has been made a fool of, the gardener drowns himself in the pond and returns as an evil ghost who torments the princess.

Influence --- Japanese playwright Yukio Mishima wrote his own adaptation of the play in his collection Kindai Nogakushu in 1957.

(Quoted from Wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_no_Tsuzumi)


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