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Nōgaku hyakuban, Tomonaga

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tomonaga  朝長

Nos. 113 and 114 from the series Nōgaku hyakuban

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926


IHL Cat. #186

About This Print

One of 120 prints (and one of fourteen diptychs) issued as part of the series Nōgaku hyakuban (One Hundred Prints of Noh), it depicts a scene from the play Tomonaga attributed to the playwright Kanze Motomasao (died 1432.)  This print was originally released by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in the thirty-eighth 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 

"At first sight the two prints have nothing in common, for they deal with different scenes of this No play.  The left sheet shows the proprietess of the inn where Minamoto Tomonaga once committed suicide; in front of her a branch of a tree is lying on the ground and in the rear the outlines of a temple (the scene at Tomonaga’s grave).  The right sheet shows the night scene in the inn when Tomonaga’s ghost (without a mask) has appeared and is talking about the battle, his wounds and his suicide.  Next to him the proprietress of the inn."2

The Play - Tomonaga attributed to Kanze Motomasao

A tragic story about the death of the eldest son of Tomonaga of Yoshitomo Minamoto.  In the first scene a woman asks a priest to perform a requiem mass for sixteen-year old Tomonaga at his grave site.  In the second act Tomonaga’s spirit appears and recalls the events that led to his death.

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 Ibid., p. 37


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #186
 Title Tomonaga 朝長
 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
unread seal no. 23, 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 July 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
 Carver 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slightly trimmed, not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban tate-e diptych
 H x W Paper 14 7/8 x 10 in. (37.8 x 25.4 cm) each sheet
 Collections This PrintScripps College 2007.1.95; Los Angeles County Museum of Art AC1997.254.25; Rijksmuseum RP-P-1995-486A
 Reference Literature 
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