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Nōgakuzue, Rokujizō (Kyōgen)

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Rokujizō 六地蔵

(Kyōgen 狂言)

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1897

Nōgakuzue, Higaki

IHL Cat. #807

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series gakuzue (Illustrations of Noh).  The print depicts a scene from the kyōgen play Rokujizō.

The Play - Rokujizō

Source: website of the American School in Japan http://community.asij.ac.jp/page.aspx?pid=2252
A countryman goes to the capital to buy six statues of the Buddhist God Jizo for a new temple. Upon reaching the city he realizes he does not know where a sculptor lives nor what one looks like. While searching in the streets, a shyster notices him and decides to trick him out of his money by posing as a master sculptor.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #807 (note: IHL Cat. #703 is another impression of this print)
 Title Rokujizō (Kyōgen) 六地蔵 (狂言) - The Six Statues
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Artist 
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Signature 
Kōgyo 耕 漁 with Taiso seal.  Seal no. 7, p. 170 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 Seal
see "Signature" immediately above.
 Date Printed on October 1, 1897 / Issued on October 5, 1897 (Meiji 30)
明治三十年十月一日 印刷仝年仝月五日発行
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Carver 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - album backing; minor soiling, light toning
 Genre
 ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 7/8 x 13 1/8 in. (22.5 x 33.3 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print Art Institute of Chicago, 1939.2258.21; University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0205; Ritsumeikan University UP0885; The British Museum 1949,0409,0.37
 Reference Literature 
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