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Nōga taikan, Jinen Koji

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Jinen Koji  自然居士 (Jinen the Lay Monk)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Matsuno Sōfū, 1930

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #708

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays).   The artist Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927) designed the vast majority of prints for this series, but died before its completion.  His student Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963) designed this print and twenty-three additional prints for this series after Kōgyo's death.1  This print depicts a scene from the play Jinen Koji by the playwright Kanami (1333-1384). For another depiction of this play see IHL Cat. #1046.

1 According to Robert Schapp in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), "Sōfū's contributions all appear in what would have been the first album, but in fact the last published on January 25, 1930."


The Play -  Jinen Koji (Jinen the Lay Monk)

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 64.

Characters:
Kyōgen - a local person
Shite - Jinen Koji
Ko-kata - a young girl
Waki - a slave-dealer
Waki-tsure - a slave dealer

While the lay priest Jinen is preaching at the Ungo-ji temple, a young girl comes and gives him a robe as a gift.  In a letter accompanying it she explains that she has sold herself to buy the robe in order to have the priest say a mass for her dead parents.  As Jinen is reading this, the men who have bought the girl come and take her away.  Much moved by this, the preacher hurries after them when he is told what has happened, and demands that they release the girl.  This they at first refuse to do, but after Jinen has entertained them with all manner of songs and dances, they agree to give the girl up.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #708
 Title Jinen Koji  自然居士 (Jinen the Lay Monk)
 Series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays)
 Artist 
 Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963)
 Signature 
 Sōfū
 Seal
Sōfū
 Date 1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten, Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - numerous spots foxing; 1/4" tare right corner of top margin; corner folds
 Genre nishiki-e; Nōgaku zue [Noh play picture]
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm)
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