Tenko (The Drum from Heaven) from an untitled series

Seitaka Dōji from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tenko (The Drum from Heaven)

from an untitled series

Hasegawa Sadanobu III, undated (c. 1925-1940)

Portrait of Saigō Takamori



IHL Cat. #1814

About This Print

he print depicts a scene from the play Tenko, attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).   The print depicts a scene from the play Tenko, attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).  For another depiction of this play see IHL Cat. #946 Nōgakuzue, Tenko by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927).


The Play - Tenko

Source: A Guide to Kyogen, Don Kenny, Hinoki Shoten, 1968, p. 188-189.
Act 1: Waki - an Imperial envoy
          Shite - an old man, the father of Tenko
          Kyōgen - a servant
Act 2: Nochi-shite - the ghost of Tenko

A boy name Tenko has a wonderful drum which had come down from Heaven, but when this was taken from him to be presented to the Emperor he drowned himself.  An Imperial envoy tells this story and explains that as no one has been able to make any sound come from the drum since it was taken to the Palace, he has been sent to fetch the father of Tenko.  Together they go to the Palace, and when the father strikes the drum it gives out such a miraculous sound that he is promised a rich reward and a musical performance is arranged to placate the soul of his son.  When this is done, the ghost of Tenko comes and dances before them.

For additional information on this play go to the Noh Plays DataBase website http://www.the-noh.com/en/plays/data/program_021.html

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1814
 Title or Description Tenko 天鼓 (The Drum from Heaven)
 Series untitled
 Artist Hasegawa Sadanobu III (Konobu III) (1881-1963)
 Signature
信 Konobu
 Seal 信 Konobu  square seal (see above)
 Publication Date undated but likely c. 1925-1940
 Publisher unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - foxing throughout
 Genre 
 Miscellaneous
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 
 8 7/8 x 8 5/16 in. (22.5 x 21.1 cm) 
 H x W Image 6 15/16 x 7 in. (17.6 x 17.8 cm)
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