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Nōga taikan, Aridoshi

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Aridōshi 蟻 通

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930


IHL Cat. #674

About This Print

Source: The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 134
One of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Aridōshi attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).  In the print, the deity of the Aridōshi Shrine holds an umbrella and torch, and performs a Shinto dance while reciting prayers.


The Play - Aridōshi

Source: The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 134

In the play, the poet Ki no Tsurayuki (waki) annoys the groundkeeper (shite) by riding his horse within the precincts of the Aridōshi Shrine.  Tsurayuki soothes the feelings of the shrine deity by reciting a poem he has composed, after which, at the poet’s request, the god recites some Shinto prayers.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #674
 Title Aridōshi 蟻 通
 Series Nōga taikan 能画大鑑 (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays or A Great Mirror of Noh Pictures or A Great Collection of Noh Pictures)
 Artist 
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Signature 
 Kōgyo
 Seal
 Kōgyo seal
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent; a pin hole upper left of image
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print number 十一
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference LiteratureThe Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 134, pl. 85.
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