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Nōga taikan, Shiga


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shiga 志賀

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #138

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 Shiga by the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).  For another depiction of this play by the artist see Nōgakuzue, Shiga.

The Play - Shiga 志賀

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.161.

By Zeami

First Group
Zanke, Hōshō, Kongō and Kita schools


Act 1:
Waki - A Court official
Waki-tsure - two retainers
Tsure - a wooductter
Shite - an old woodcutter
Kyōgen - a local person

Act 2:
Nochi-shite - the god Shiga no Myōjin

A Court official who has come to Shiga to view the cherry blossom sees two woodcutters resting under a cherry tree with branches of the blossom added to their already heavy load of wood.  Impressed by this, he speaks to them and during their talk, the old man tells of Ōtomo no Kuronushi, the poet of old who is deified and worshiped in the shrine at Shiga.  He hints that he is Kuronushi and then vanishes.  While the official is resting under the tree that night, he sees the god come and, rejoicing at the prosperous reign, performs a dance.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #138
 Title Shiga 志賀
 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 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor wrinkling; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 3/8 in. (25.4 x 36.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Scripps College 2001.2.61
 Reference Literature