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Nōga taikan, Himuro


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Himuro 氷室

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #707

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Himuro (The Cavern of Ice) by the playwright Miyamasu (1482-1556).

The Play - Himuro (The Cavern of Ice)

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 55.
A Court official on his way back to the capital stops at Himuro-yama, the ‘Ice cave Mountain’, in Tango Province and there learns from an old man how the ice, which forms in sheltered spots, is preserved throughout the summer and served then to the Emperor.  The old man disappears into the cave, but a little later a goddess comes and dances, and then the god appears in his true form with a gift of ice for the Emperor.

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

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #707
 Title Himuro 氷室 (The Cavern of Ice)
 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
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - full size and not backed; several spots of foxing
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm)
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