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Raiden, No. 30 from the series Fifty Noh Figures in Color

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Raiden 雷電 (Thunder and Lightning), No. 30

from the series Fifty Noh Figures in Color

by Matsuno Sōfū, 1938

Nōga taikan, Semimaru


IHL Cat. #2076

About This Print

One of fifty prints in the series Fifty Noh Figures in Color. This print depicts Raiden, the god of thunder, the spirit of the former Michiazane, planning to take revenge upon his enemies in the imperial palace who sent him into exile. The god is finally quelled by an imperial decree that he, Michizane, is to be worshiped as the Heavenly God (Tenjin) of Tenma.

The Play - Raiden 雷電 by Miyamasu

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.139-140

By Miyamasu
Fifth Group
Kanze, Hōshō and Kita schools

Characters:

Act 1: 
Waki - the head priest of the Enryaku-ji
Shite - the ghost of Sugawara no Michizane
Kyōgen - a servant of the priest

Act 2:
Waki - the head priest
Nochi-shite - the Thunder God (the angry spirit of Michizane)

The ghost of Michizane, who died unforgiving while in exile, appears to the head priest and after thanking him for his past kindnesses, confides to him his intention to crash down on the Imperial palace in the form of a thunderbolt and int his way take vengeance on the nobles who wronged him in the past. He then warns the priest not to go to the Palace if summoned, but he replies that although he could ignore a summons once or even twice, if he were called a third time he would have to go. At this the ghost grows angry and, biting into a pomegranate which it seizes form the altar, spits out the pips at a door of the temple which immediately bursts into flames. The priest quells the flames with a motion of his hand and an incantation, but the ghost emerges into the smoke and is gone. When the priest is later summoned to the Palace, which is being laid wasted by the Thunder God, he succeeds in vanquishing the angry spirit by means of his holy power.

The Series - Fifty Noh Figures in Color
Each print in the series depicts a main character from a Noh play and is tipped to the top edge of a solid-colored woodblock-printed backing sheet featuring the three small pines appearing along the higashigakari  橋掛 (bridgeway) stretching from the main stage to the kagami-no-ma (mirror room) where the performers gather before going on stage. The trees are printed with a dark gold metallic pigment, a deluxe printing technique.

 一 

No. 1
Okina


高砂
No. 2
Takasago
 三
田村
No. 3
Tamura

羽衣
No. 4
Hagoromo
 五
鞍馬天狗
No. 5
Kurama tengu

竹生島
No. 6
Chikubushima

景淸
No. 7
Kagekiyo

態野
No. 8
Yuya
通小町
No. 9
Kayo Komachi
鵜飼
No. 10
Ukai
十一
玉井
No. 11
Tamanoi
十二
俊寬
No. 12
Shunkan
 
卒都婆小
No. 13
Sotoba
Komachi
十四
鐵輪
No. 14
Kanawa

船辨慶
No. 15
Funda Benkei
十六
養老
No. 16
Yōrō
十七
賴政
No. 17
Yorimasa
十八
遊行柳
No. 18
Yugyō yanagi
 十九
石橋
No. 19
Shakkyō
 二〇
石橋
No. 20
Shakkyō
二一
張良
No. 21
Chōryō

二二
蟬丸
No. 22
Semimaru

二三
姨捨
No. 23
Obasute

二四
安達原
 
No. 24
Adachi ga
hara
 二五
調伏會我
No. 25
Chōbuku Soga
 二六
延命冠者
No. 26
Enmei kanja
 二七

No. 27
Ebira
二八
胡蝶
No. 28
Kochō
二九
求塚
No. 29
Motomezuka
 三〇
雷電
No. 30
Raiden
三一
難波
 
No. 31
Naniwa

三二
花月
No. 32
Kagetsu
三三
葵上
No. 33
Aoi no ue

 三四
弱法帥
No. 34
Yoroboshi

 三五
殺生石
No. 35
Sesshōseki
三六
鍾馗
No. 36
Shōki
 三七
經政
No. 37
Tsunemasa
 三八
道成寺
No. 38
Dōjōji
三九
藤戶
No. 39
Fujito
 四〇

No. 40
Nue
 四一
項羽
No. 41
Kōu

 四二

No. 42
Tōru

 四三
玉葛
No. 43
Tamakazura
 四四
山姥
No. 44
Yamanba

四五
土蜘蛛
No. 45
Tsuchigomo

四六
金札
No. 46
Kinsatsu
四七
熊坂
No. 47 Kumasaka
四八
三井寺 
No. 48
Miidera
四九
一角仙人
No. 49
Ikkaku Sennin
五〇
猩々
No. 50
Shōjō 


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2076
 Title Raiden 雷電 (Thunder and Lightning)
label verso  雷電 後*
 ato-shite, (also nochi-shite) the main protagonist of the second act.
 Series Fifty Noh Figures in Color
 能姿五十彩 
 Artist 
 Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal
 奏 seal
 Date June 1938
 Edition first and only
 Publisher 謡曲界発行所 Yōkyoku-kai hakkōsho [Noh song publishing house]
 Carver unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre nishiki-e; nōgaku zue 能樂圖繪 [Noh play picture] or 能絵 [Noh-e]
 Miscellaneous  
 Format oban
 H x W Paper print: 8 x 5 3/4 in. (20.3 x 14.6 cm)
 backing sheet: 12 x 9 5/16 in. (30.5 x 23.7)
 H x W Image print: 7 3/4 x 5 9/16 in. (19.7 x 14.4 cm)
 Collections This Print Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University AcNo. arcUP2626
 Reference Literature 
last update:
11/14/2019 created

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