Sarumawashi

Tsuba (Japanese sword guard) with a man and a monkey in the tradition of Japanese “monkey dancing.”

Sarumawashi, literally “monkey dancing” evolved over a 1000-year history in Japan. Ancient Japanese chronicles refer to it as a form of religious ritual designed to protect the horses of warriors. It later developed into a popular form of festival entertainment, and was performed all over Japan from temples to imperial courts. Today, Sarumawashi is ranked alongside Noh and Kabuki as one of the oldest and most traditional of Japan’s performing arts. It features acrobatic stunts and comedic skits performed by highly trained macaque monkeys…

Courtesy of: https://www.kopeikingallery.com/exhibitions/suo-sarumawashi-monkey-dancing

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