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Nōga taikan, Dampū


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Dampū 壇風 (The Holy Wind)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

Nōga taikan, Yumi Yawata

IHL Cat. #1216

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Dampū attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).

The Play - Dampū

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 19-21.
Act 1:
Waki-tsure – Homma no Saburō
Kyōgen – his sword bearer
Ko-kata – Umewaka, the son of Suketomo
Waki – the priest Sotsu no Ajari
Shite (tsure in Hōshō school) – Mibu no Suketomeo
Waki-tsure – two bearers
Kyōgen – a messenger, servant to Homma

Act 2:
Waki-tsure - a boatman
Nochi-shite – a god of Kumano Shrines

While in exile on the island of Sado, Mibu no Suketomo has been placed in charge of Homma no Saburō.  He has now received a strict order from the authorities in Kamakura that Suketomoe is to be executed immediately, but just before he dies he is able to say farewell to his son Umewaka who arrives from Kyōto with the priest Sotsu.  Umewaka sees Homma as the cause of his father’s death and with the help of Sotsu, revenges his father by killing him.  When they go to escape from the island, however, the boatman refuses to put in to shore for them to board.  In answer to the priest’s prayers, a god from Kumano appears and causes a wind to blow the ship back.  He then give the boat a following wind so that they are able to escape from their pursuers and return to Kyōto.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1216
 Title Dampū 壇風 (The Holy Wind)
 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)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo seal, seal no. 13, p. 170 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 Date 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten 精美書院 (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor trimming to bottom and left edges; light diagonal fold on bottom corners
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 7/8 x 14 7/16 in. (25.1 x 36.7 cm)
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