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Nōgaku hyakuban, Kosode Soga


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kosode Soga 小袖曾我

No. 72 from the series Nōgaku hyakuban

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925

IHL Cat. #948

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 Kosode Soga by an unknown playwright but often attributed to Miyamasu (1482-1556.)  This print was originally released by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in the twenty-fourth 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 

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

The Play - Kosode Soga

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 85-86.
tsure - the mother of the Soga brothers; kyōgen - Kasuga no Tsubone, their old nurse; shite - Soga no Jūrō; tsure - his younger brother Gorō; tsure -  Danzaburō and Oniō, two retainers

United in their resolve to take advantage of an approaching hunting expedition to kill their father's enemy, the Soga brothers return home to take leave of their mother.  But the younger one, Gorō is disowned by her for going against her wishes by abandoning the priesthood, and she refuses to forgive or even to see him.   Jūrō (the older brother) then tells her that she can have no love for him either if she would send him off on the dangerous mission alone and, with these words, goes to leave.  At this, however, his mother relents and, calling them both to her, pardons Gorō and gives them her blessing.  Overjoyed at this, the brothers perform a dance together and then take a final farewell of their mother.

“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 #948
 Title Kosode Soga 小袖曾我
 Series Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番 (One Hundred Prints of Noh or One Hundred Noh Plays)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo, seal no. 46, p. 171 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 Date May 1925
 Edition unknown
Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya) [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor fold along top of print; minor mounting residue verso on edges
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban tate-e
 H x W Paper 14 3/4 x 10 in. (37.5 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. 178.