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Headgear and Demon Stick Stage Props from the play Ryōko

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

 Headgear and Demon Stick Stage Props

from the play Ryōko

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, c. 1900

Ducks with Flowering Plum


IHL Cat. #2185

About This Print

One of about fifty prints designed by the artist in the  shikishiban (almost square) format around the turn of last century. 

Source: The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 139.
This composition shows two stage properties (kodōgo) of the Nō theater: a kaburimono (headgear) with the figure of a running tiger and an uchizue ("demon stick"). As the name suggests, the "demon stick" is usually held by demons, such as the evil spirit of Lady Rokujō in the play Aoi no ue, or the demoness of the Adachi Moor in the piece Adachgahara.

The headgear is topped with the figure of a tiger and the inscription on the print indicates that this work is associated with the play Ryōko. The story centers on a fight between a tiger living in a bamboo grove and a dragon from a nearby mountain.

Ryōko from the series Nogaku hyakuban, 1925/1926 by Tsukioka Kōgyo
A tiger, seated in a bamboo forest, wearing the headdress of a tiger and holding a branch of bamboo,
faces off with a dragon holding a demon stick, the two stage props pictured in this collection's print.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #2185
 Title (Description)
 龍虎? (Headgear and Demon Stick Stage Props from the play Ryōko)
 Series  
 Artist 
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Signature 
Kōgyo 耕 漁
 Seal
Kōgyo 耕 漁
seal no. 13, p. 170 of The Beauty of Silence.
 Date  c. 1900
 Publisher  attributed to Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - soiling most noticeable in light areas of print
 Genre  ukiyo-e;
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  shikishiban
 H x W Paper  9 11/16 x 9 5/8 in. (24.6 x 24.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  
 Reference Literature  The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 139.
last update:
10/16/2019 created
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