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Nōga taikan, Obasute


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Obasute 姨捨

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #729

About This Print

Number 8* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Obasute by 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 - Obasute

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 128.

A man from the capital goes with two companions to view the autumn moon at a place called Obasute-yama ‘The Hill of the Old Forsaken Woman’, and there meets a woman who talks with him.  Just before she disappears, she discloses that she is in fact the old woman who was left there long ago and thus gave the mountain its name.  She later appears in her true form and after telling of the blessings that come with the teachings of the Buddha, dances in the moonlight.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #729
 Title Obasute 姨捨 (The Old Woman Abandoned in the Hills)
 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 July 5, 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent; two pin holes upper left of image; binding holes right side
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 3/4 in. (25.4 x 37.5 cm)
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