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Nōga taikan, Nishiki-gi


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Nishiki-gi 錦木

(The Decorated Tree)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926-1930

IHL Cat. #754

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 Nishiki-gi attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).

The Play - Nishiki-gi

Source:A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 124.
In a village in Mutsu a priest meets a woman with a length of cloth over her arm and a man carrying a small, colored tree.  He learns that the cloth is woven from birds' feathers and that the tree is a sign by which a man may declare his love for a woman by leaving it outside her house.  She can respond by taking the tree in or refuse him by leaving it standing outside.  The two take the priest to the burial mound of a man who, after leaving such trees outside a woman's house every day for three years, died from a broken heart.  Then they both disappear into the mound.  The priest prays there and in his dream the ghost of the man reappears and, rejoicing in the happiness that he and the woman have found, performs a dance.

Noh performance of Nishikigi, 1985
Courtesy of Karen Brazell; all rights reserved.
Glopad http://www.glopad.org/pi/en/record/digdoc/1000550

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #754
 Title Nishiki-gi 錦木 (The Decorated Tree)
 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 1926-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - several spots and minor imperfections; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (25.1 x 36.5 cm)
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