The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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1942 Hata Shokichi Wood Sculpture of Noh Protagonist Kagekiyo

1942 Hata Shokichi Wood Sculpture of Noh Protagonist Kagekiyo

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A carving of Kagekiyo leaning sleepy on his staff by Hata Shokichi dated on bottom 1942. It is 29 inches (74 cm) tall and in fine condition, signed on the base. This is the same image as the relief he submitted to the 6th Shin-Bunten National Exhibition in 1941 which is visible on page 333 (figure 171) of the Nittenshi.
The Noh play is quite unique and the mask for Kagekiyo is singular to this play. The renowned Heike warrior Kagekiyo has been exiled to the province of Hyûga and is now a blind old beggar. His daughter journeys from Kamakura to find him and by chance comes to his desolate hut to ask directions. Ashamed of his wretchedness, he sends her away without revealing himself. A villager brings her back and father and daughter are moved to tears at their reunion. Kagekiyo consents to tell of his exploits in battle but resolves that she must return home. After the narration of his exploits the daughter leaves her father forever.
Hata Shokichi (1882-1966) was born in the bronze sculpting and casting center of Takaoka in Toyama prefecture. He graduated the Tokyo University of Art in 1906. The following year he was sent as an overseas business trainee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce for three years study in France and became the first Japanese sculptor admitted to the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (National School of Fine Arts) where he studied sculpture. After returning he was accepted into the Bunten in 1911. He accepted a position as a professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (present Tokyo University of the Arts) in 1913. He was awarded at the 7th Bunten in 1915, and exhibited annually until the Bunten ended (with the birth of the Teiten) in 1920. That same year he would be sent for a year to America. Upon returning he would be appointed a teaching position at the Tokyo Koto Kogei Gako (Tokyo Higher School of Arts & Technology; present Chiba University), where he would remain until 1941. At the same time his unique talent for advanced sculpting of thin molds had him placed with the Japanese Mint creating coins, commemorative medals and awards and reliefs as a non-regular employee throughout the 30s and 40s. Post war, in an effort to stave off obliteration of the art from post-war malaise he would concentrate almost exclusively on depictions of the Noh Theater