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Nōga taikan, Tadanobu


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tadanobu 忠信

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #214

About This Print

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

The Play - Tadanobu

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 176.

Escaping from the capital and the danger stemming from his brother's suspicion of him, Yoshitsune has come to Mt. Yoshino.  But as Yoshimori has discovered that the soldier-priests there are unfriendly and plan to kill Yoshitsune that same night, the party flees from the mountain while Tadanobu stays behind to cover their retreat.  When the attack comes at nightfall he first drives the enemy back with arrows from a tower and then, after pretending to commit suicide, jumps down into a valley behind the tower.  After searching the tower in vain for his body, the soldiers find and attack him again, but once more he makes good his escape and hurries after Yoshitsune.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #214
 Title Tadanobu 忠信
 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 fair - 2" x 1" stain and two small stains; trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 13 7/8 in. (25.4 x 35.2 cm)
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