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Nōga taikan, Minazuki Barae


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Minazuki Barae 水無月祓

(June Purification Rite)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #794

About This Print

Number 49* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Minazuki Barae attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).  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 - Minazuki Barae

Source:A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 110.
A man from the capital tells how the woman he met while staying in the village of Muro no tsu was no longer living there when he returned to make her his wife.  As today is the last day of the sixth month when a ceremony of purification is held, he is on his way to the shrine of Kano no Myōjin to pray that he may meet her again.  He goes there with another man and after he prays a mad woman appears and dances.  The man recognizes here as the woman he is seeking and after they thank the god for their good fortune, they go off happily together.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #794
 Title Minazuki Barae (Barai) 水無月祓 (June Purification Rite)
 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)
rai (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  ihl cat. #794 replaces ihl cat. #755 (same print but #755 is trimmed on right margin)
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
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