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Nōga taikan, Seiganji


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Seiganji 誓願寺

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1926

IHL Cat. #789

About This Print

Number 143* of 200 prints issued as part of the series Nōga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Seiganji 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 - Seiganji

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 151.
Act 1: waki -the priest Ippen Shōnin; waki-tsure - two attendant priests; shite - a village woman; kyōgen - a local person
Act 2: nochi-shite - the spirit of Izumi Shikibu

Ippen Shōnin visits the Seigan-ji in Kyōto, and there talks with a woman about Buddhist teachings.  Just before she disappears she reveals that she is the poetess Izumi Shikibu whose grave is in the temple.  In the second half she appears as a goddess of song and dance and entertains the priest.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #789
 Title Seiganji 誓願寺
 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 August 28, 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent; 2 pin holes at right side; binding holes right side;  not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print #143
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
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