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Nōga taikan, Kinsatsu


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kinsatsu 金札

(The Golden Tablet)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #844

About This Print

Number 40* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Kinsatsu written by Kanami (1333-1384) in which the god Amatsu Futodama reveals himself.

The Play - Kinsatsu

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 77-78.
Act 1: waki -  an Imperial envoy; waki-tsure - two retainers; shite - an old man; kyōgen - a local person
Act 2: nochi-shite -  the god Amatsu Futodama

An Imperial envoy goes to the village of Fushimi in Yamashiro Province in connection with a new shrine being built there by the Emperor Kammu.  While talking with an old man whom he meets there, a tablet with gold writing on it falls from the sky.  Taking it up, the envoy read that the god to whom it belongs promises constant protection to the land.  The old man then takes the tablet and disappears, revealing as he does so that he is the god, Amatsu Futodama.  He then appears in his true form, carrying a bow and arrow with which to subdue demons and ensure the peace of the land.

Noh Performance of Kinsatsu, February 1971
Courtesy of Karen Brazell; all rights reserved.
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #844
 Title Kinsatsu 金札 (The Golden Tablet)
 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 good - minor wrinkling throughout, several spots of foxing; staining along right margin;  not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print #40
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (26 x 36.8 cm)
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