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Nōga taikan, Izutsu


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Izutsu 井筒

(The Well)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #791

About This Print

Number 43* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Izutsu attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).  This print still maintains its semi-transparent cover sheet providing information on the play and its characters.

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

This play is also pictured by the artist in this collection's print Nōgaku hyakuban, Izutsu (IHL Cat. #407).

The Play - Izutsu

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 151.
Source: Japan Society website http://www.japansociety.org/noh_kyogen_in_the_park_in_depth
The noh play Izutsu is based on The Tales of Ise (Ise Monogatari), a collection of uta-monogatari (narrative stories based on poems) compiled during the mid-Heian period (the end of the 10th–11th centuries).  This work is the masterpiece by Zeami written as a mugen noh (dream noh) play.

Plot Summary
Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 63.
Act 1: waki -a travelling priest; shite - a village woman; kyōgen - a local person
Act 2: nochi-shite - the daughter of Ki no Aritsune

A traveling priest comes to the Ariwara-dera and there sees a woman beside an old grave.  She tells him that it is the grave of Ariwara on Narihira and that she is really the daughter of Ki no Aritsune who loved Narihira faithfully all her life.  In a dream that night the priest sees the lady appear in Narihara's hat and robe.  She dances and then, looking down into the well, sees what is for her the image of her lover.  Dawn comes, the priest awakes and the lady has gone.

source: noh-sugiura.com

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #791
 Title Izutsu 井筒 (The Well)
 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 December 25, 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent; 1 pin hole at upper left side; binding holes right side;  not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print #43
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
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