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Noh: The Shrine in the Field (mound; mirror)/Noh: Meeting at Miidera (bell tower)
From: Noh Costumes
Noh: The Shrine in the Field (shrine gate)
Noh: The Meeting at Miidera (bell tower)

Large props known as tsukuri-mono are made for each performance, and then taken apart when it is over. The skeleton of the prop is usually made of bamboo, which is wound with strips of white cloth, thus creating a very simple, symbolic form. It is often an intimate part of the play and is closely used by the actors, such as the torii gate that evokes the mood of the theme in The Shrine in the Field, or the bell tower whose bell is struck by a frenzied mother searching for her lost child in The Meeting at Miidera.

The most important of all the small props are the fan and the wig box.

All actors who enter the stage carry a fan. There are two types of fans: shizume-ogi, which are like ordinary fans; and chukei, which are made so that the outer tip is partly open, even when the fan is closed. In general, a chukei is carried by the shite and waki actors, and a shizume-ogi by the chorus members, stage assistant(s), musicians, and ai-kyogen. There are various decorations painted upon the fans, and there are some general rules based upon the type of character being portrayed\for example, a chukei having much red color (iroiri) is used for a young woman shite in a Third-group woman Noh.

A wig box (rather round, and looking like a black lacquer bucket with a lid) is most often used as a seat in Noh; whereas in Kyogen, it can be used as a wine keg, and its cover can be used as a drinking cup; it can even be used to represent a tree climbed by a character.

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