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.