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Nōga taikan, Ebira


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ebira 箙

(The Quiver)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #135

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 Ebira by an unknown playwright.  A spray of plum blossoms sits in Kajiwara's quiver.

The Play - Ebira

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 21.

Coming to the forest of Ikuta with two companions, a priest meets a man who tells him the story connected with a famous plum tree there - "in the great battle which took place near the forest between the Taira and Minamoto clans, the warrior Kajiwara Kagesue broke off a spray of plum blossom from the tree and carried it in his quiver as his emblem."  He then reveals that he is the ghost of the warrior and disappears.  In the second act he appears in his true form and tells of the torments to which warriors are doomed in the after-life.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #135
 Title Ebira 箙 (The Quiver)
 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 (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light wrinkling; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 1/8 in. (25.4 x 35.9 cm)
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