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Nōga taikan, Kasuga Ryūjin


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kasuga Ryūjin 春日龍神

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #595

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Kasuga Ryūjin attributed to Komparu Zenchiku (1405-c. 1470), son-in-law of Zeami Motokiyo (c.1363–c.1443.)

The Play - Kasuga Ryūjin

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 74-75.

Wishing to make a journey to China and India, Myōe Shōnin goes to take leave of the god Kasuga Myōjin.  But an old man appears and says that Myōe is not to go abroad as the followers of Buddha can now find all that is necessary here in Japan.  He then reveals that he is a messenger sent by the god to tell of his decision, and disappears.  Later, a golden light falls all around and a dragon-god descends.  He tells of the many Buddhist gods to be found at Kasuga and then has Myōe swear to give up all idea of traveling abroad.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #595
 Title Kasuga Ryūjin 春日龍神 (The Kasuga Dragon God)
 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 good - minor wrinkling; several spots of foxing
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (24.8 x 36.8 cm)
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