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Nōga taikan, Higaki


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Higaki 檜垣

(Cypress Fence)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #728

About This Print

Number 23* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Higaki by the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443.)  This print still maintains its semi-transparent cover sheet providing information on the play and its characters. 

 For another depiction of this play by the artist see IHL Cat. #996.

cover sheet
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* number appears in the lower right hand of the cover sheet.

One of Thirteen Prints from The Lavenberg Collection

loaned to the Portland Art Museum for the

Special Exhibition

NOH Dance Drama of the Samurai NOV 17, 2012 – FEB 24, 2013

The Play - Higaki

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 54.

Act 1: Waki - a priest
          Shite - an old woman
          Kyōgen - a local person
Act 2: Nochi-shite - the woman Higaki

A priest living in the mountains sees a very old woman come every day to draw water.  Questioning her, he learns that she is the woman Higaki who long ago composed a poem on being asked for water by Fujiwara no Okinori.  After asking for his prayers, the woman disappears.  When she returns later, she tells the priest of her early life and performs a dance as she recalls the time when she danced for Okinori.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #728
 Title Higaki 檜垣 (Cypress Fence)
 Series Nōga taikan 能画大鑑 (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays or A Great Mirror of Noh Pictures or A Great Collection of Noh Pictures)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo seal, seal no. 13, 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 5, 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent; a pin hole upper left of image; binding holes right side
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 3/4 in. (25.4 x 37.5 cm)
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