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Nōga taikan, Senju


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Senju 千手

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #128

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 Senju attributed to the playwright Komparu Zenchiku (1405-c. 1470).

The Play - Senju

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 155-156.

Shigehara, brought to Kamakura after his capture at the battle of Ichi-no-tani, has been given into the charge of Kano-no-suke Munemochi until his fate is decided.  To lighten the tedium of his captivity, Senju-no mae has been sent to comfort him.  When she comes on this occasion it is to tell him that even his request to be allowed to enter the priesthood has been refused.  Shigehira tells of his regret at having burned the Nara temples, but Senju-no-mae entertains him with song and dance, and Shigehira himself plays a piece on his lute.  Dawn comes all too soon, however, and Shigehira is taken away to face his punishment in the capital.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #128
 Title Senju 千手
 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 精美書院 (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light wrinkling; several spots of foxing; slight trimming to vertical margins; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/8 in. (25.4 x 35.9 cm)
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