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figures representing Matsukaze and Murasame
  • Japan
  • figures representing Matsukaze and Murasame, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, cloth, paper, paint, synthetic hair, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 x 24 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 1/2 x 9 7/16 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0148

This sculpture depicts two women and a tree, mounted on a black wooden base with a gold floral design painted on the front.

Both women are wearing gold kimonos with blue and red vests and off white sashes. The woman on the facing left is kneeling, and the woman on the facing right is standing. The standing woman has a hat dangling down her back and holds a fan in her proper right hand. There is a tree trunk between them with tufted "leaves" and a small stem with orange flowers in front of the tree. At the top of the tree there is a red paper moon with a gray cloud in front of it that has broken off of its perch on the tree.

The figures are identified as Matsukaze and Murasame from the Noh play titled "Matsukaze," a story about two salt-making sisters.