Posted by Elaine Boatin (188.8.131.52) on September 30, 2016 at 23:50:32:
In Reply to: Re: Kunisada triptych posted by Paul Griffith on September 27, 2016 at 09:08:55:
Thanks very much for your responses. I'm wondering what was your source for the "Tray of food previously prepared by Okinoi"? Also, I'm wondering about your reasoning for stating that the wicker container is a bird cage. It doesn't look like a bird cage to me, and though it appears as a standard prop in most depictions of the Goten scene, this is the only one I've seen that has birds hovering over it. Couldn't it be the box in which Tsuruchiyo brought his belongings to the women's quarter? It's true that there is an 1859 Kunisada Kabuki triptych that shows what I presume to be a stagehand dressed in black extending a long stick with artificial birds to dangle over the wicker box... but what does that mean? And... what is the "Swallow Song," what are its lyrics, and what's your source for saying that Masaoka is encouraging the boys to sing it? Thanks very much.
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