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Illustration of Townspeople Watching Noh Play “Okina” in Edo Castle from the series Flower of Edo in the Past

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of Townspeople Watching Noh Play

“Okina” in Edo Castle

from the series Flower of Edo in the Past

by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1889

Illustration of The Imperial Assembly of the House of Peers

IHL Cat. #193

About This Print

Noblemen are watching the noh play Okina in a decorous manner while commoners jockey for position in a fenced area to the left of the stage.  Commoners had little chance to see noh and "[t]he purpose of these public noh performances (machiiri nō) was to raise funds for the construction or repair of temples and shrines."1

1 Heroes of the Kabuki Stage: An Introduction to the World of Kabuki with Retellings of Famous Plays, illustrated by Woodblock Prints, Arendie Herwig and Henk J. Herwig, Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 12.

One of Thirteen Prints from The Lavenberg Collection

loaned to the Portland Art Museum for the




Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #193
 Title or Description  Illustration of Townspeople Watching Noh Play “Okina” in Edo Castle
温故東之花 第三編 旧幕府御大礼之節町人御能拝見之図
 Series  Onko azuma no hana 温故東の花 (Translations seen are: Flower of Edo in the past; Revitalization of the customs of Edo; Looking into the Past: The Pride of the East; Looking into the Past: Flowers of the Eastern Capital; and Historical Events of Tokugawa Shogunate)
 Artist  Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)
 Signature  Yōshū Chikanobu hitsu
 Seal  red toshidama seal
 Publication Date  1889
 Publisher  Egawa Hachizaemon (Egawa Hachi'emon) [Marks: pub. ref. 050; seal not shown]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair – red ink offsetting, backed, trimmed (but not into image), paper imperfection in middle of center panel, worm damage, right edge center of middle panel 
 Genre  ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous   
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.2 x 23.5 cm) each sheet
 Literature 
 Heroes of the Kabuki Stage: An Introduction to the World of Kabuki with Retellings of Famous Plays, illustrated by Woodblock Prints, Arendie Herwig and Henk J. Herwig, Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 12, pl. 1.
 Collections This Print
 Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC, Greensboro 1987.3972; The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 118-0079, 80, 81; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5622-C001; National Museum of Japanese History H-22-1-26-39; Ritsumeikan University ARC UP2269
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