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Nōga taikan, Eboshi-ori (first act)


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Eboshi-ori 烏帽子折

(The Hatmaker)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #338

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts a scene in the first act of the play Eboshi-ori by the playwright Miyamasu (1482-1556) in which a hatmaker presents the young Ushiwaka with a special headgear to change his appearance.

The Play - Eboshi-ori (The Hatmaker)

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 24-25.

During the period of Taira ascendancy the young Ushiwaka (later known as Minamoto Yoshitsune) meets the Sanjō brothers and travels with them to the post-town of Kagami.  There, being warned by a messenger that he is in danger, he changes his appearance by adopting the headgear worn after coming of age.  This he obtains from a hatmaker in the place who is sympathetic to this cause.  In exchange he gives him his sword but the hatmaker insists on returning it to him.  He then travels on with his companions to the town of Akasaka where they seek a night's lodging.  There they are attacked by a band of robbers led by Kumasaka no Chōhan, but they put them to flight and Chōhan himself is killed by Ushiwaka.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #338
 Title Eboshi-ori (first act)
 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 seak
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - several spots of foxing; full-size; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm)
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