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Nōga taikan, Seiōbo


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Seiōbo 西王母

(The Queen Mother of the West)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #144

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts a scene from the play Seiōbo, by an unknown playwright but traditionally attributed to Konparu Zenchiku ( (1405-c. 1470), in which Seiōbo presents a magical peach to the Emperor.

For more information on this series see bio for the artist Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927) and scroll down.

The Play - Seiōbo 西王母 (The Queen Mother of the West)

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.152.

Extolling the benevolent government of the Emperor, Sei-ōbo (Hsi Wang Mu) comes down from Heaven and presents him with a miraculous peach.  It comes from a tree which blooms and fruits only once every three thousand years, and brings long life to whoever eats it.  She then dances in honour of the reign of the Emperor.

 Noh performance of Seiōbo Dec 1963
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #144
 Title Seiōbo 西王母 (The Queen Mother of the West)
 Series Nōga taikan c (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays or A Great Mirror of Noh Pictures or A Great Collection of Noh Pictures)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
rai (Thunder)
 Date 1925/1930
 Edition unknown
 Note: The first edition consisting of 200 prints contained in five volumes was issued between July 1925 and January 1930.  Subsequent editions, combined into a single volume, were issued in 1934 and 1936. 
 Publisher 精美書院, Seibi Shoin
 Carver unknown
 Printer 1925 first edition: The colophon from volume 2 of the first edition dated July 1925 lists the printer as 田中茜 
1936 edition: Uchida Eikichi  and Yoshida Takesaburō
[木版 印刷者 打田英吉  木版 印刷者 吉田竹三郎 as shown in colophon of 1935  edition]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor soiling and foxing; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e; nōgakuzue
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/8 in. (25.4 x 35.9 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 71.
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