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Nōgaku hyakuban, Ōeyama

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ōeyama  大江山

(Demon of Ōeyama)

No. 54 from the series Nōgaku hyakuban

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1924


IHL Cat. #266

About This Print

One of 120 prints issued as part of the series Nōgaku hyakuban (One Hundred Prints of Noh), it depicts a scene from the play Ōeyama attributed to the playwright Miyamasu (15th c.). This print was originally released by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in the eighteenth installment of prints in this series.  This series' prints were offered in monthly installments consisting of three prints packaged in an envelope with additional descriptive information.1 

The Play - Ōeyama (Demon of Ōeyama) attributed to Miyamasu (15th c.)

The great warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu leaves the capital with many other warriors to subdue
the demon Shuten dôji who lives on Mt. Ôeyama. Disguised as mountain ascetic priests they reach
the mountain and seek lodgings at the demon’s residence. Since the demon has vowed never to
harm a priest he, in his form as a young “wine-drinking lad,” accepts the disguised warriors and drinks
wine with them. When the demon has become quite inebriated, he retires to his bedchamber. The
warriors in turn attack him there, and after a frightful battle, vanquish him.2

1 “The series Nogaku hyakuban (100 No plays) by Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927),” Claus-Peter Schulz, Andon 67, Society for Japanese Arts, p. 28.

2  Ohtsuki Noh Theater website http://noh-kyogen.com/story/english/Oeyama.pdf.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #266
 Title Ōeyama 大江山 (Demon of Ōeyama)
 Series Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番 (One Hundred Prints of Noh or One Hundred Noh Plays)
 Artist 
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Signature 
 Kōgyo
 Seal
kōun (Floating Clouds) seal no. 60, p. 171 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 Date November 1924
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
 Carver 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - not backed and trimmed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban tate-e
 H x W Paper 14 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. (37.8 x 25.7 cm)
 Collections This Print Scripps College 2007.1.43; Art Institute of Chicago 1943.833.43
 Reference Literature The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 177.

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