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Nōgakuzue, Momijigari

Nōgakuzue, Dontaro (Kyogen)

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Momijigari 紅葉狩

(Maple Viewing)

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1897

Nōgakuzue, Ominameshi

IHL Cat. #1672

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh), depicting a scene from the play Mimijigari, written by Kojirō, in which a lady of rank who has entertained Tairo no Koremochi, shown arising and about to draw his sword, reveals herself as a demon. 

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

The Play - Momijigari 紅葉狩 (Maple Viewing)  

Source: The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 126.

In the piece, the Taira warrior Koremochi (waki) is hunting in the sacred Togakushimountains when he comes across a beautiful woman (shite) and her lovely companions (tsure) banqueting under the maple leaves.  They give him wine, and he falls asleepwatching them dance.  Soon the womanreturns to her true form of a demon.  Meanwhile, however, the god from a nearby shrine has come to Koremochiand warned him of this danger.  Heawakens in time to vanquish the demon with a sword the god has brought to him.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1672
 Title Momijigari 紅葉狩 (Maple Viewing) 
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo 耕漁
White letter seal within red oval: 耕漁 Kōgyo 
Printed on October 10, 1897 / Issued on October 10, 1899 
Meiji 3oth year, 10th month, 10th day / Meiji 30th year, 10th month, 15th day
明治三十年十月日印刷  仝年仝月十五日発行
Other impressions are listed with a date of Meiji 31 (1898).
 Editionlikely first
Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - lightly and evenly toned
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 3/4 x 14 3/16 in. (24.8 x 36 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 15/16 x 12 15/16 in. (22.7 x 32.9 cm) area within printed black border
 9 1/4 x 12 15/16 in. (23.5 x 32.9 cm) area including image continuing outside top black border
 Collections This Print University of Pittsburgh Special Collections 20091209-kogyo-0172; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2011.1707, 2016.1034; Art Institute Chicago 1939.2258.44; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University AcNo. arcUP0856  CoGNo. arcUP0840  AlGNo. arcUP0840
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