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Nōga taikan, Shirahige

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shirahige 白鬚

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926-1930


IHL Cat. #756

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 Shirahige sometimes attributed to the playwright Kanami (1333-1384).


The Play - Shirahige

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 162.
Characters
Act 1: waki - an Imperial envoy; waki-tsure - two retainers; tsure - a fisherman; shite - an old fisherman; kyōgen - the god of a subsidiary shrine
Act 2: nochi-shite - the god Shirahige no Myōjin; nochi-tsure - a goddess; nochi-tsure - a dragon-god

An Imperial envoy on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Shirahige no Myōjin meets an old fisherman there and hears from him how Mt. Hiei, with which the shrine is closely connected, first came to be a great center of Buddhism.  The old man then vanished but, reappearing later in his true form as the Shirahige, dances for the envoy.  A goddess and a dragon-god also appear and join in the entertainment.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #756
 Title Shirahige 白鬚
 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 1926-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (25.1 x 36.5 cm)
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