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Nōga taikan, Kureha


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kureha 呉服

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #134

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 Kureha by the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).

The Play - Kureha 

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.91.

On his way to pray at Nishinomiya, a Court official sees two women in the village of Kureha, one of whom is weaving and the other reeling thread.  When he asks them who they are, he is told that they are the two girls, Kurehatori and Ayahatori, who introduced weaving into Japan in the reign of Emperor Ōjin.  After promising to return this same night to weave some cloth for the present Emperor, they disappear.  Kurehatori later returns and dances in celebration of the happy reign; and in his dream, the official sees them both weaving heaps of rare damask for the Emperor.

Noh performance of Kureha
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #134
 Title Kureha 呉服
 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)
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slightly trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print number 二六
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10  x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
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