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Nōga taikan, Kogō


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kogō 小督

(Lady Kogō)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #799

About This Print

Number 57* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Kogō by the playwright Komparu Zenchiku (1405-c.1470).  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 - Kogō

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 82.
waki - a Court official; shite - Nakakumi; tsure - Kogō no Tsubone; tsure - a serving-woman; kyōgen - a woman inn-keeper

A Court official announces that he has been ordered to send Nakakuni to find the Lady Kogō, the favorite of the Emperor Takakura, who has disappeared from Kyōto for fear that, since the Empress is the daughter of Taira no Kiyomori, she would incur his displeasure if she remained in the capital.  As there has been word that Kogō is living near Sagano, Nakakuni goes there and is eventually led to the lady by the sound of a Japanese harp being played.  He gives Kogō a letter from the Emperor and, after recieving her reply, prepares to return.  But pitying Kogō in her unhappiness, he drinks some wine with her and dances in an attempt to console her.  He then takes leave of the lady and sets off back to the capital.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #799
 Title Kogō 小督 (Lady Kogō)
 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 upper left; binding holes right side;  not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print #57
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
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