One of a pair of dancers, Miyao

One of a pair of dancers, Miyao

One of a pair of dancers
Signed: 'Made by Miyao'
About 1890-1900
Cast, patinated, chased and gilded bronze
The Edwin and Susan Davies Collection

These two figures, one of which is illustrated here, represent Manzai dancers, itinerant performers who dance from house to house at New Year in double-act of a straight man and a fool. They both wear lacquered hats and carry respectively a drum and folding fan. Their hands, feet and heads are patinated a rich red colour. Their robes have gilt decoration of dragons, cranes, karakusa (scrolling Chinese grass) and the Buddhist hosoge flower.

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