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Nōga taikan, Makura Jidō


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Makura Jidō 枕慈童

(Jidō and the Pillow)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #798

About This Print

Number 56* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Makura Jidō1 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.

1 Makura Jidō is the title used by the non-Kanze schools of noh.  This play is titled Kiku Jidō 菊慈童 by the Kanze school.  The Kanze play titled Makurajido is a different play.

The Play - Makura Jidō

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 98-99.
- an Imperial envoy; waki-tsure - two retainers; shite - the child Jidaō

An Imperial envoy in ancient China is sent by the Emperor to trace the source of a wonderful elixir.  In the hills he meets a child who tells him that it is he who makes the elixir of life by writing a magic formula on chrysanthemum leaves and floating them in the stream.  The formula he obtained from an Emperor of old who had had to exile him to this place when he inadvertently stepped across this pillow.  He then entertains the envoy with a dance and gives him some of the magic liquid which has preserved his youth for him over hundreds of years.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #798
 Title Makura Jidō 枕慈童 (Jidō and the Pillow)
 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 #56
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
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