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Nōgaku hyakuban, Michimori


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Michimori 通盛

No. 30 from the series Nōgaku hyakuban

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1923

IHL Cat. #824

About This Print

Print No. 30 of 120 prints issued as part of the series Nōgaku hyakuban (One Hundred Prints of Noh), depicting a scene from the play Michimori, often attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).   In this scene a woman and old man in a boat approach the shore.  (The boat, of course, as in many Noh props, is symbolic, suggested only by an outline.) This print was originally released by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in the tenthinstallment 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 

1 “The series Nogaku hyakuban (100 No plays) by Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927),” Claus-Peter Schulz, Andon 67, Society for Japanese Arts, p. 28.

The Play - Michimori

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 107-108.
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.

The Original Envelope and Label

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Once every month; to be issued
three plates of each month.
No. 10 (APRIL 1923)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #824
 Title Michimori 通盛
 Series Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番 (One Hundred Prints of Noh or One Hundred Noh Plays)
 Tsukioka Kôgyo (1869-1927)
 Sealunread seal no. 24, 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 April 1923
 Edition first
Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous print number 30 contained in envelope 10
 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 2007.1.65; Art Institute of Chicago 1943.834.15; Los Angeles County Museum of Art AC1997.254.3
 Reference Literature