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Nōga taikan, Kuzu


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kuzu 国栖

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #142

About This Print

Number 46* of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Kuzu by an unknown playwright.

* Numbering on semi-transparent information cover sheet for this print, as issued in July 5, 1926 edition.

The Play - Kuzu

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 96-97.

The Emperor Temmu goes to Yoshino to escape from disturbances that have broken out, and there an old couple serve him and his officials with fish and hide him in a boat from two enemy soldiers who have followed the party.  The old fisherman and his wife promise to distract the Emperor's thoughts with some entertainment and then vanish.  Soon afterwards, they return in the form of a goddess who dances for the visitor, and as Zao Gongen, who promises his assistance in restoring peace to the country.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #142
 Title Kuzu 国栖
 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)
rai (thunder) seal
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
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