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Nōga taikan, Settai


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Settai 摂待

(The Welcome)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #122

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 Settai by the playwright Miyamasu (1482-1556).

The Play - Settai

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 157-158.

The old mother of Saitō Tsuginobu, one of Yoshitsune's retainers who sacrificed himself for his master at the battle of Yashima, hears that Yoshitsune and his men are escaping dressed as yamabushi priests.  She therefore puts up a notice offering hospitality to priests in the hope that they will call on her.  They do so and after the old woman has obviously realised who they are and Tsuginobu's child has been to Yoshitsune to ask him to return his father, they admit their identity.  They then describe the bravery and devotion shown in the battle by Tsuginobu and his younger brother Tadanobu.  Hopitality is then provided during which the child serves them with wine just as if his father were there looking on.  When Yoshtsune and his men make ready to leave, the boy pleads to be allowed to go with them, but as this is impossible, in tears he and the old lady watch the party leave.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #122
 Title Settai 摂待 (The Welcome)
 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 c. 1926-1927
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -  wrinkling; several spots of foxing; margins slightly trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 7/8 x 14 in. (25.1 x 35.6 cm)
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