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[Japanese masked dancers]

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1900 - 1999 (Approximate)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Mas 4
Mask dances -- Japan
Language: Text in Japanese characters at left.
Acquisition: Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.
Biographical/historical: The donor of this print, Lincoln Kirstein, lived in Japan for several periods starting in 1958, and was instrumental in bringing Japanese cultural groups, among them Gagaku or the musicians and dancers of the imperial household, to perform in the United States. In recognition of his contributions to cultural exchange, the Japanese government awarded him the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Fourth Class, in 1960.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : woodblock, color ; 17 x 25 cm., line border 16 x 24 cm.
Six masked dancers are seen in movement on a flat gold field. The four dancers at left, moving in a circle while holding on to one another's sleeves, are identically costumed in green masks and blue coats, with red, green, black and white touches in their headdresses, leggings, and shoes. On the right are two dancers costumed in red with pink and white pantaloons; one wears a brown demonic mask and carries a round object, while the other wears a white mask with a green protruding tongue and appears to play a hand drum. At the top of the field are a cluster of trees, possibly including pine and flowering plum trees.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 809536635
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19686046
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ac9b1250-fcdf-0132-c83e-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1900: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "[Japanese masked dancers]" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1900 - 1999. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/9ffcba80-fce1-0132-fa5d-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "[Japanese masked dancers]" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 19, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/9ffcba80-fce1-0132-fa5d-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1900 - 1999). [Japanese masked dancers] Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/9ffcba80-fce1-0132-fa5d-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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[Japanese masked dancers]