Ama (play)

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The Dragon Princess reading a scroll of the Lotus Sutra, in a 1920s print by Tsukioka Kôgyô
  • Japanese: 海人 (ama)

Ama is a Noh play based loosely on numerous tales about ama (pearl divers) and the Dragon King who lives under the sea. In the play, the shite plays a diver girl in the first act, and as the Dragon Princess in the second act; the second act is dominated by the Princess' recitation of the Lotus Sutra, and a dance, showing her devotion for the sutra.


  • Gallery labels, "Tsukioka Kôgyo: Selected works from the series 'One Hundred Noh Plays,'" Santa Barbara Museum of Art, February 2014.