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Nōga taikan, Zegai


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Zegai 善界

(Zegai the Goblin)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #126

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts a scene from the play Zegai by the playwright Takeda Hôin Sadamori (1421-1508).

The Play - Zegai

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 236.

Having had great success in winning adherents in his own country of China, the goblin king Zegai-bō comes to Japan in the guise of a priest and calls on Tarō-bō to guide him.  He advises him to direct his attention to Mt. Hiei where Buddhism is most strongly rooted, and this he does.  The head priest and his attendants are on their way to the Court when heaven and earth shake, and the voice of Zegai-bō is heard uttering heretical cries.  He appears and pits his powers against that of the priests, but finding that he is no match for them, he flees after being made to swear that he will never trouble Japan again.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #126
 Title Zegai 善界, 是界or 是我意
 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 and soiling; slightly trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
 Collections This Print Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery 2007.1.107
 Reference Literature