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Nōga taikan, Makiginu


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Makiginu 巻絹

(Rolls of Silk)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #335

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 Makiginu by an unknown playwright.

The Play - Makiginu

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 98.

A Court official announces that he has been charged with the task of collecting a thousand rolls of silk to be sent from the various provinces to the Kumano Shrines, in accordance with a dream the Emperor has had.  The man bringing the silk from the capital, however, has stopped on the way to offer up a poem at the shrine of the god Otonashi no Tenjin, and arrives late.  The official therefore orders him to be bound and punished, but the god takes possession of a priestess to save the man in gratitude for his offering.   Speaking through the mouth of the priestess, the god then recites some prayers at the request of the official and finally dances.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #335
 Title Makiginu 巻絹 (Rolls of Silk )
 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, Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight wrinkling; 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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