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Nōga taikan, Ikkaku Sennin


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ikkaku Sennin 角仙人

(The Horned Mask)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IH Cat. #337

About This Print

Number 30 of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts a scene from the play Ikkaku Sennin by the playwright Komparu Zembō Motoyasu (1453-1532) in which the hermit stand in front of his cave.

The Play - Ikkaku Sennin

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 61.
This play is based on an old Indian legend about a horned hermit, born of a deer, who uses his magical powers to keep the dragon kings, bringers of the rain, shut up in a cave.  The Court official tells how the country has been stricken by drought as a result and how the king has devised a scheme to bring relief.  The official goes with a beautiful lady of the Court and, posing as travellers who have lost their way, they seek out the hermit.  Beguiled by the beauty of the lady, the hermit is plied with wine and even joins in when she dances for him.  Taking advantage of all this, the dragon gods escape and bring rain to save the crops.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #337
 Title Ikkaku Sennin 角仙人 (The Horned Mask or The Horned Hermit)
 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 spots of foxing; full-size; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 137, pl. 88.