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Ogata Gekko

Ogata Gekko (1859-1920)
flowered hat dance
(hanagasa odori)
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk; signed Gekko with artist's seal Gekko

The dancer is performing the hanagasa odori ('flowered hat dance'), a dance which originated from a kabuki play, but was incorporated into a new repertoire of dances, the Shin Nihon Buyou ('new Japanese dance'), a Meiji Period (1868-1912) compilation of traditional dances which were derived from older kabuki and geiko sources. The hat dance is a short section from a longer dance in the kabuki play, Musume Dojoji, in which a temple dancer (representing a snake-demon) changes her costume nine times, which was the number of times snakes were thought to shed their skin. In this section, the dancer manipulates a pile of hats into a variety of shapes while dancing.
A similar composition of the same subject by Gekko is in the collection of The Brooklyn Museum of Art, accession no. 1990.22.1.
painting 122 by 44 cm
overall 209 by 58.5
$4,800

Ogata Gekko
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Ogata Gekko
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