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Nōgaku hyakuban, Hyakuman


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Hyakuman 百万

No. 73 from the series Nōgaku hyakuban

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925

Nōgaku hyakuban, Ema

IHL Cat. #947

About This Print

One of 120 prints issued as part of the series Nōgaku hyakuban (One Hundred Prints of Noh), it depicts a scene from the play Hyakuman by the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443.)1  This print was originally released by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in the twenty-fifth installment of prints in this series.  This series' prints were offered in monthly installments consisting of three prints packaged in an envelope with additional descriptive information.2 

Please see this collection's print Nōga taikan, Kosode Soga by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927) for another scene from this play.

The Play - Hyakuman

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 59.
ko-kata - the child of Hyakuman; waki - a man from Yoshino; kyōgen - a local person; shite - Hyakuman

A man from Yoshino who has found a stray child takes him to pray at a temple in Saga and there sees a mad woman who prays and dances.  The boy recognizes her as his mother, and when she tells the man who she is and that her son disappeared after the death of her husband, he brings them together again.  She prays to give thanks for this and they joyfully takes her son home with her.

1 Revision by Zeami (1363?-1443?) of an earlier play, Saga monogurui, by Kan’Ami (1333-1384). (Source: http://www.noh-kyogen.com/story/english/Hyakuman.pdf )
2 “The series Nogaku hyakuban (100 No plays) by Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927),” Claus-Peter Schulz, Andon 67, Society for Japanese Arts, p. 28.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #947
 Title Hyakuman 百万
 Series Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番 (One Hundred Prints of Noh or One Hundred Noh Plays)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
hōraku [Joy in the law (a Buddhist seal)], seal no. 21, p. 170 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 Date June 1925
 Edition unknown
Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya) [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -  fold across top of print; 3" fold along right side of print ; minor mounting residue verso on edges; small paper loss bottom left repaired from verso
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban tate-e
 H x W Paper 14 7/8 x 10 in. (37.8 x 25.4 cm)
 Collections This Print Scripps College 2007.1.78; Art Institute of Chicago 1943.834.8; Ritsumeikan Art Research Center arcUP1425
 Reference Literature The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 179.