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Nōgaku hyakuban, Ikarikazuki


Japanese Color Woodblock

Ikarikazuki 碇潜

(The Anchor Draping)

No. 27 from the series Nōgaku hyakuban

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1923


IHL Cat. #1019

About This Print

One of 120 prints issued as part of the series Nōgaku hyakuban (One Hundred Prints of Noh), it depicts a scene inside of a shrine from the play Ikarikazuki attributed to Komparu Zenpō 金春禅鳳 (1454-?). This print was originally released by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in the ninth 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.1  

The Play - Ikarikazuki (The Anchor Draping)
Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 60.


 Act 1

Act 2

a traveling priest
an old boatman
a local person

the spirit of the Lady Dainagon no Tsubone
the spirit of the Lady Nii-dono
the spirit of Taira no Tomomori

A traveling priest comes to Dan-no-ura where the Taira clan were defeated in a famous sea battle with the Minamoto, and meets an old boatman who tells him of the exploits performed during the battle by Nortsune, the younger brother of Tomomori.  In the second act Tomomori himself appears and describes how, when faced with defeat, Dainagon no Tsubone and Nii-dono drowned themselves, taking with them the young Emperor Antoku, and how Tomomori too threw himself into the sea, holding an anchor to weigh him down.

1 “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 #1019
 Title Ikarikazuki 碇潜 (The Anchor Draping)
 Series Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番 (One Hundred Prints of Noh or One Hundred Noh Plays)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Gyo (?), seal no. 76, p. 172 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 Date March 1923
 Edition unknown
Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - backed and trimmed on left margin into image
 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 PrintRuth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps 2007.1.12 and 2001.2.68; Los Angeles County Museum of Art AC1997.254.42; Art Institute of Chicago 1943.833.12; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University AcNo. ArcUP1381 Cogno. ArcUP1343 AlGNo. ArcUP1343
 Reference Literature The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, fig. 27, p. 175.