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Nōga taikan, Fujidaiko


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Fujidaiko 富士太鼓

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #706

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 Fujidaiko from an unknown author*.

* sometimes attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443)

The Play - Fujidaiko

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 32.

Hearing that a drum player named Asama had been called in to play at a seven-day concert before the Emperor Hanazono, another famous player named Fuji came up to the capital too.  Asama, resenting this, killed Fuji.  When the official has announced this, Fuji’s wife arrives with her daughter, having been much disturbed by a dream she has had.  Learning what has happened, she puts on her husband’s robes and, overcome with grief, strikes the drum which to her was the cause of her husband’s death.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #706
 Title  Fujidaiko 富士太鼓 (Fuji's Drum)
 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
 Date  1925-1930
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher  Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver  Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - full size and not bakced; several spots of foxing; light corner folds; light soiling
 Genre  ukiyo-e
 Format  oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper  10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm)
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