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Nōga taikan, Kiso


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kiso 木曽

(Lord Kiso)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #796

About This Print

Number 54* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Kiso by an unknown playwright.  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.

The Play - Kiso

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 79-80.
Act 1: tsure - Kiso no Yoshinaka;  shite - Kakumei; tsure - Ikeda no Jirō; tsure - five or six of Yoshinaka's men

During his struggles with the Taira, Kiso no Yoshinaka camps in Etchu province near a shrine to Hachiman, the God of War.  Pleased at this good omen, he has his amanuensis Kakumei write a petition for him and, giving him one of his arrows to take with it, sends him to present this before the god.  On his return Kakmei tells Yoshinaka that the local people wish to give a feast in his honour.  Kakumei dances as part of the entertainment, and then white doves are seen flying from the direction of the shrine, happy auguries of future victory.

Kanze Nohgakado (Shibuya, Tokyo)
Shiro Nomura as the Shite* in the noh play "Kiso"
image from http://zoka.blogs.com/photos/tokyo_1106/the_auspicious_noh_warrior.html

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #796
 Title Kiso 木曽 (Lord Kiso)
 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)
(Thunder) seal, seal no. 12, 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 upper left; binding holes right side;  not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print #54
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
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