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Nōga taikan, Kamo Monogurui


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kamo Monogurui 加茂 物狂 (Madness at Kamo)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

Nōga taikan, Sanemori

IHL Cat. #1661

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 Kamo Monogurui attributed to the playwright Zenchiku Ujinobu (1405-1468).

The Play - Kamo Monogurui 

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 68-69.
Waki - a man from the capital
Waki-tsure – two of his servants
Shite – his wife

A man from the capital who has been away in the eastern provinces for more than three years returns to the capital on the day of the Kamo Festival and there sees his wife.  She, however, has lost her reason and although they talk together and she dances for him, she does not realize who he is.  She tells how, unable to bear her husband's absence any longer, she set off to the east on a fruitless search for him, and how loneliness and disappointment have made her mad.  They then recognize and acknowledge each other, but because of the curiosity of the onlookers they pretend to be strangers and leave separately, to be reunited in their home.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1661
 Title Kamo Monogurui 加茂 物狂 (Madness at Kamo)
 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 耕漁 (see image below)
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 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten 精美書院 (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor wrinkling lower left corner; unprinted area top margin
 Genre ukiyo-e; nōgakuzue 能楽図絵
 Miscellaneous the 4th sheet in volume 4
 Format ōban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 1/8 x 14 5/8 in. (25.7 x 37.1 cm)
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