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Nōga taikan, Michimori


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Michimori 通盛

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #330

About This Print

Print number 22 of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays) depicting a scene from the play Michimori by the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).

The Play - Michimori

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 107.

A priest visiting Naruto goes out one evening to read sutras for the souls of the Taira warriors who perished there, and meets a woman and an old man who approach the shore by boat.  They tell him how Kozaisho no Tsubone, the wife of Michimori, drowned herself there at the news of her husband's death, and then disappear among the waves.  The priest prays for them and after a while they reappear, Michimori being this time in his true form.  The priest hears the story of the battle, and Michimori and his wife rejoice that they have been able to attain salvation together.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #330
 Title Michimori 通盛
 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 - light wrinkling; thinning along right margin; 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)
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