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Kanawa (鉄輪)

A prop used in the Noh play “Kanawa ”, a kanawa is an iron trivet used for supporting an item such as a pot on a fireplace. Since the Heian period, it has also been used during ‘Ushi-no-toki-mairi’ (a ritual shrine visit to lay a curse on someone, conducted around the hour of the Ox, in the small hours of the morning). For Ushi-no-toki-mairi, a candle is erected on each of the three legs facing upward, for light from the flames. The kanawa used in Noh follows this style. A silk cord is attached to the lower ring part of the trivet and tied under the chin to fix it to the head.

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