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Nōgakuzue, Jinen Koji


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Jinen Koji 自然居士

(The Lay Monk)

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1899

Nōgakuzue, Kurama Tengu

IHL Cat. #1046

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh).  The print depicts a scene from the play Jinen Koji in which a young girl presents a robe to a priest to say prayers for her dead parents.  For another depiction of this play see IHL Cat. #708.

The Play -  Jinen Koji (Jinen the Lay Monk)

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 64.

Kyōgen - a local person
Shite - Jinen Koji
Ko-kata - a young girl
Waki - a slave-dealer
Waki-tsure - a slave dealer

While the lay priest Jinen is preaching at the Ungo-ji temple, a young girl comes and gives him a robe as a gift.  In a letter accompanying it she explains that she has sold herself to buy the robe in order to have the priest say a mass for her dead parents.  As Jinen is reading this, the men who have bought the girl come and take her away.  Much moved by this, the preacher hurries after them when he is told what has happened, and demands that they release the girl.  This they at first refuse to do, but after Jinen has entertained them with all manner of songs and dances, they agree to give the girl up.

Right Margin Description of Scene
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1046
 Title Jinen Koji 自然居士 (Jinen the Lay Monk)
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Kōgyo 耕漁
Gyo [], seal no. 61, 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 32, 1899, as follows: 
Date of Printing: September 20, 1899 (Meiji 32)

Date of Issuance: trimmed from this print - likely September 25, 1899

The ARC database entry gives the date of printing for their print arcUP01020 as follows: 
Printed on November 5, 1899; Issued on November 15, 1899
 Edition unknown (At least two editions exist, the ARC Ritsumeikan print being printed two months later than this collection's print.  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 Daikokuya seal.  Publisher's information is partially trimmed from this print.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light album backing; wormhole top right margin into image repaired from back; wrinkling along left 1/3 of print caused by backing paper
 Genre ukiyo-e
 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
 8 3/4 x 13 in. (22.2 x 33 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print Art Institute of Chicago 1939.2258.190; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University AcNo.arcUP1020 CoGNo.arcUP0840 AlGNo.arcUP0840;
University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0381