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Nōgaku hyakuban, Sesshōseki

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sesshōseki 殺生石

(Death Rock)

No. 13 from the series Nōgaku hyakuban

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1922


IHL Cat. #822

About This Print

Print No. 13 of 120 prints issued as part of the series Nōgaku hyakuban (One Hundred Prints of Noh), depicting a scene from the play Sesshōseki, sometimes attributed to the playwright Sa-ami (15th c.).   In this scene "the spirit, wearing a nine-tailed fox headdress (kanmuri), stands against a dark, foreboding sky with a partially obscured moon."1  This print was originally released by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in the fifth 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.2 

For another print depicting this play see Nōgakuzue, Sesshōseki.

The Play - Sesshōseki

Source: The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 118.
On his way from the northern provinces to the capital, the priest Gennō (waki) comes to a place called Nasuno, where there is a large rock.  He is surprised when a bird flying over the rock suddenly falls dead.  A local woman (shite) appears and warns him against approaching the rock, known locally as the "death rock" because it contains the evil spirit of a golden-haired fox which kills any living creature that approaches it.  She explains that long ago a spirit was chased from the palace for threatening the life of the emperor and it hid in the "death rock."  As Gennō prays for the spirit, the rock splits in two and the spirit emerges.  It confesses that it has killed many over the years, but promises to cease forthwith.

1 The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 118.
2 “The series Nogaku hyakuban (100 No plays) by Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927),” Claus-Peter Schulz, Andon 67, Society for Japanese Arts, p. 28.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #822
 Title  Sesshōseki 殺生石 (Death Rock)
 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
Kōgyo, seal no. 14, 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  November 1922
 Edition  first
 Publisher
Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
 Carver  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - slight toning
 Genre  ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous  print number 13 contained in envelope 5
 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 2007.1.38; Art Institute of Chicago 1943.833.38
 Reference Literature  The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 66, p. 118.


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