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Nōga taikan, Yoshino Shizuka


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yoshino Shizuka 吉野静

(Lady Shizuka in Yoshino)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #336

About This Print

Number 28 of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), depicting a scene from the play Yoshina Shizuka by the playwright Kanami (1333-1384).

The Play - Yoshina Shizuka (Lady Shizuka in Yoshino) by Kanami

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 218-219.

To help Minamoto Yoshitsune escape from Yoshino, his retainer Tadanobu and his mistress Shizuka meet and plan to delay his pursuers.  Tadanobu disguises himself as a pilgrim and talks to the two soldiers while they rest, in a way designed to weaken them in their purpose.  Shizuka then dances and tells them of Yoshitsune's uprightness, and in the end they delay the pursuit so much that the hour of danger passes.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #336
 Title Yoshina Shizuka
 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 - slight soiling; 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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