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Nōgakuzue, Higaki


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Higaki 檜垣

(Cypress Fence)

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1897

Nōgakuzue, Kurama Tengu

IHL Cat. #996

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh).  The print depicts a scene from the Noh play Higaki, attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443), in which the old woman Higaki tells of her early life to a priest.  For other depictions of this play by the artist see IHL Cat. #728 and IHL Cat. #1941.

For background on the Noh theater see the article on this site "Noh - A Brief Summary by Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi".

The Play - Higaki

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 54.
Act 1: Waki - a priest
          Shite - an old woman
          Kyōgen - a local person
Act 2: Nochi-shite - the woman Higaki

A priest living in the mountains sees a very old woman come every day to draw water.  Questioning her, he learns that she is the woman Higaki who long ago composed a poem on being asked for water by Fujiwara no Okinori.  After asking for his prayers, the woman disappears.  When she returns later, she tells the priest of her early life and performs a dance as she recalls the time when she danced for Okinori.

Right Margin Description of Scene
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #996
 Title Higaki 檜垣
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Kōgyo 耕漁
Toshihisa, seal no. 57, p. 171 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 DateThis collection's print is dated Meiji 30, 1897, as follows: 
明治三十年日印刷 Date of Printing: November 1, 1897 (Meiji 30)
Date of Issuance: trimmed from this print, but likely November 5, 1897

The ARC database entry gives the dates of printing and issuance for their print arcUP0867 as follows: 
明治三十四年四月一日印刷 仝年仝月五日発行
Printed on April 1, 1901 Issued on April 5, 1901
 Edition unknown (At least two editions exist, the ARC Ritsumeikan print being a later edition.  See "Date" above.)
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 日本橋区吉川町二番地 松木平吉 (in left margin) followed by partially trimmed Daikokuya seal.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light album backing; small wormhole top center margin repaired from back; wrinkling along left 1/3 of print caused by backing paper
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous silver and gold metallic highlights on robes
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 5/8 x 14 1/4 in. (24.4 x 36.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 9 x 13 1/8 in. (22.9 x 33.3 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print Art Institute of Chicago 1939.2258.6; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University arcUP0867; University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0187; The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-4973
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