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Nōga taikan, Yorimasa

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yorimasa 頼政

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930


IHL Cat. #175

About This Print

Number 42* of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts a scene from the play Yorimasa by the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443). 

For another depiction of this play by the artist see Nōgakuzue, Yorimasa.

* Numbering on semi-transparent information cover sheet for this print, as issued in July 5, 1926 edition.

The Play - Yorimasa 頼政

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.215-216.

By Zeami
Second Group
All Noh schools

Characters:

Waki - a traveling priest
Shite - an old man
Kyōgen - a local person
Nochi-shite - Minamoto no Yorimasa

A travelling priest stops at Uji and is admiring the view there when an old man approaches and, after telling him about various historical spots in the neighborhood, leads him to the Byōdō-in.  There he shows him the patch of turf cut in the shape of a fan to commemorate the warrior Yorimasa who laid his fan down and killed himself there after being defeated in battle.  Revealing that he is the spirit of the warrior, he then disappears.  After the priest has prayed for the repose of his soul, Yorimasa comes to him in his true form and tells him about the battle.  He asks the priest to continue to pray for him and again fades from sight.


Noh performance of Yorimasa
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #175
 Title Yorimasa 頼政
 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 精美書院 Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor soiling; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print was issued in Volume III of V volumes issued by 
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/4 in. (25.4 x 36.2 cm)
 Collections This Print
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