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Nōga taikan, Rō-taiko


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Rō-taiko 籠太鼓

(The Prison Drum)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #125

About This Print

Number 29 of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Rō-taiko by an unknown playwright.

The Play - -taiko

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 142-143.

A man of Matsura has thrown Seiji, one of his retainers, into prison for killing someone in an argument, but now learns from a servant that the prisoner has escaped.  He therefore imprisons Seiji's wife instead, but she refuses to disclose the whereabouts of the escaped man.  Eventually her mind becomes unbalanced from love of the husband she can no longer see, and she strikes the drum hanging on the prison wall and dances in her madness.  Seeing this, the man takes pity on her, and releases her with a pardon for her husband.  Her mind clears as her troubles disappear and she goes off happily to rejoin her husband.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #125
 Title Ro-taiko 籠太鼓 (The Prison Drum)
 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 originally July 5, 1926
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - several small black marks; foxing along left margin verso not visible from front; vertical margins slightly trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 3/8 in. (25.4 x 36.5 cm)
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