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Nōga taikan, Shakkyō


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shakkyō 石橋

(Stone Bridge)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #800

About This Print

Number 160* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting renjishi or the lion dance by two lions from the play Shakkyō sometimes credited to the playwright Kanze Motomasa (d. 1432).  This print still maintains its semi-transparent cover sheet providing information on the play and its characters.

* number appears in the lower right hand of the cover sheet.

cover sheet
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Noh performance of Shakkyō Umewaka
(date unknown)
Courtesy of Karen Brazell; all rights reserved.
Copyright 1998-2006, Global Performing Arts Consortium. All Rights Reserved.

The Play - Shakkyō

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 158-159.
Act 1: waki - a priest; shite- a child; kyōgen - a hermit
Act 2: nochi-shite - a lion

A priest [the Monk Jakushō] goes to China to visit famous Buddhist places.  One day he is about to cross a stone bridge across a ravine when child appears.  He hears from the child that since the land on the other side of the bridge is the Paradise of the deity Monju Bosatsu [Monjusri Bodhisattva], even famous priests in olden times could only cross it after long and severe religious training.  Telling the priest that if he waits by the bridge he will see something wonderful, the child disappears.  After a while, a lion emerges and gambols and dances among the peony flowers - the king of beast enjoying the most majestic of flowers.  [Some productions use two or more lion dancers.]

One of Thirteen Prints from The Lavenberg Collection

loaned to the Portland Art Museum for the

Special Exhibition

NOH Dance Drama of the Samurai NOV 17, 2012 – FEB 24, 2013

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #800
 Title  Shakkyō 石橋 (Stone Bridge)
 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  August 28, 1926
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher  Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver  Uchida Eikichi
 Printer  Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - binding holes right side; several pin holes lower and upper right; not backed
 Genre  ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous  print #160
 Format  oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper  10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
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