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Nōgakuzue, Oba ga sake


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Oba ga sake 伯母ヶ酒

(Kyōgen 狂言)

(Auntie's Sake)

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1900

Nōgakuzue, Kōya monogurui

IHL Cat. #704

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series gakuzue (Illustrations of Noh).  The print depicts a scene from the noh play Oba ga sake.

The Play - Oba ga sake

Source: website of Moirkami Museum and Japanese Gardens http://www.morikami.org/index.php?src=directory&view=exhibits&refno=4171&srctype=exhibits_detail
The story revolves around a nephew who disguises himself as an ogre in order to steal his stingy aunt's sake. As he drinks -the actor employs a fan to mimic the use of a sake cup- he moves the mask that is his disguise to one side while ordering his aunt not to look at him. After he falls into a drunken stupor, she discovers he is her nephew and angrily chases him off.

One of Thirteen Prints from The Lavenberg Collection

loaned to the Portland Art Museum for the

Special Exhibition

NOH Dance Drama of the Samurai NOV 17, 2012 – FEB 24, 2013

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #704
 Title Oba ga sake 伯母ヶ酒 (Kyōgen 狂言) (Auntie's Sake or The Old Woman's Wine)
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪(Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo 耕 漁
 See above.  White and red letter seals in a pair: 耕・漁 [Kō・gyo]
Kōgyo, seal no. 65, p. 172 in The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010.
 DateDate is trimmed from this print.
Ritsumeikan ARC gives the dates of printing and issuance of their print (arcUP0890), as follows:
 明治三十三年一月十日 印刷仝年仝月十五日発行
Date of printing: January 10, 1900 (Meiji 33)
Date of issuance: January 15, 1900
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - album backing; minor soiling, light toning
 Miscellaneous Portland Art Museum loan number L2012.113.3
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (24.1 x 35.9 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 7/8 x 13 1/8 in. (22.5 x 33.3 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print Art Institute of Chicago 1939.2258.22; Art Research Center, Ritsumeiken University AcNo.arcUP0890 CoGNo.arcUP0840AlGNo.arcUP0840; University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0210
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