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Nōga taikan, Kurozuka


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kurozuka 黒塚

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

Nōga taikan, Dampū
IHL Cat. #842

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Kurozuka (also known as Adachigahara) attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).

The Play - Kurozuka

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 92.
Act 1: waki - a yamabushi priest; waki-tsure - a yamabushi priest; shite - an village woman; kyōgen - a servant
Act 2: nochi-shite - a female devil

Two traveling priests are given shelter for the night in the house of a poor woman at Kurozuka in Adachigahara.  When she leaves them to collect firewood, she warns them not to look into her room, but the priest's servant is unable to restrain his curiosity.  The horrifying things he sees there convince the priests that they are in the house of a devil.  The woman then appears as an angry demon, but is finally overcome by the power of the priests.

Noh performance Adachigahara 1931
Courtesy of Karen Brazell; all rights reserved.
Copyright 1998-2006, Global Performing Arts Consortium. All Rights Reserved.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #842
 Title Kurozuka 黒塚 (also know by its Kanze school name Adachigahara)
 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 精美書院 (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor wrinkling throughout, several spots of foxing; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm)
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