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Nōgakuzue, Ikuta Atsumori

Nōgakuzue, Kanawa

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ikuta Atsumori 生田敦盛

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1899

Nōgakuzue, Ugetsu

IHL Cat. #1926

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh), depicting a scene from the play Ikuta Atsumoriwritten by Konparu Zempō (1454-1520?), in which the son of Atsumori, accompanied by a priest, meets his father's ghost.

Museum Commentary:
Source: Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery http://web-kiosk.scrippscollege.edu/Obj21623?sid=12048&x=13844676

In this play, the ghost of Taira no Atsumori (1169-1184) appears to a young boy at the Ikuta Shrine (indicated by the framework at left) near the battle site of Ichi-no-tani where Atsumori was killed. The boy had been abandoned as a baby, but years later his mother appears to reveal that he is the son of Atsumori. On a pilgrimage to venerate his father, the ghost comes to tell his son of the battle and then must leave, to return to the hell of constant warfare.

Right Margin Description of Scene
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The Play - Ikuta Atsumori by Zempō

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.61-62.


Ko-Kata - the son of the dead Atsumori
Waki - a priest
Shite - Atsumori

The young orphan child of the warrior Atsumori who is being cared for by priests, goes with one of them to pray at the Kamo shrine that he may see the father he has never known.  As the result of a dream he has there they go down to the forest of Ikuta and there he meets his father's ghost.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1926
 Title Ikuta Atsumori 生田敦盛 
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo 耕漁
 Seal Red letter seal in a fan shape: 年久 [Toshihisa] (as shown above)
 Date is trimmed from the left margin of this collection's print. The University of Pittsburgh lists the dates as follows:
Printed on October 10, 1899 / Issued on October 25, 1899
治三十二年十五日印刷 仝年仝月廿日発行
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029] Publishing information is trimmed from the left margin.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor soiling; spot of foxing; original album backing; left margin trimmed
 Genre ukiyo-e; 能楽図絵 Nōgaku zue [Noh play picture]
 Miscellaneous The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston notes Part II, Section II, kōhen, ge  後編、下
 Format ōban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 1/2 x 14 in. (24.1 x 35.6 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 13/16 x 13 in. (22.4 x 33 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This PrintArt Research Center, Ritsumeikan University arcUP1018 (October 10, 1901); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2016.1129 (July 15?, 1899); Art Institute Chicago 1939.2258.171 (1898?); University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0357 (October 25, 1899); Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery 2009.7.21 (October 15, 1899); Japan Arts Council BK014-205 (?); The British Museum 1949,0409,0.13 (1899); Smithsonian Institution Freer|Sackler S2003.8.2916 (October 1, 1901)
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