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Nōgakuzue, Aridōshi

Nōgakuzue, Miidera

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Aridōshi 蟻通

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1904

Nōgaku hyakuban, Contents Sheet Volume 1

IHL Cat. #1955

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh), depicting a scene from the play Aridōshi attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).  

In the scene the keeper of the shrine to the god Aridōshi, actually the god himself,  recites Shinto prayers and dances for the poet Ki no Tsurayuki and his two servants.

For another depiction of this scene by the artist see Nōga taikan, Aridōshi.

Right Margin Description of Scene
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The Play - Aridōshi

Source: The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 134

In the play, the poet Ki no Tsurayuki (waki) annoys the groundkeeper (shite) by riding his horse within the precincts of the Aridōshi Shrine.  Tsurayuki soothes the feelings of the shrine deity by reciting a poem he has composed, after which, at the poet’s request, the god recites some Shinto prayers.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1955
 Title Aridōshi 蟻通
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo 耕漁
 Seal Red letter seal in an eddy shape: 歴山 [Rekizan], as shown above

Printed on April 18, 1904 / Issued on April 22, 1904
明治三十七年四月十八日印刷 /  仝 年仝月廿二日発行
 Edition later edition
Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
Address 日本橋区吉川町二番地 松木平吉 followed by Daikokuya seal.  
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre ukiyo-e; 能楽図絵 Nōgaku zue [Noh play picture]
 Format ōban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 5/8 in. (25.4 x 37.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 15/16 x 13 in. (22.7 x 33 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print Art Institute Chicago 1939.2258.166 (February 5, 1900); University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0352 (c. 1900); Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2009.7.16 (?)
 Reference Literature
last update:
4/30/2019 created