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Nōgakuzue, Sakahoko

Nōgakuzue, Miidera

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sakahoko 逆矛

(The Spear of the Gods)

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1900

Nōgaku hyakuban, Contents Sheet Volume 1

IHL Cat. #1897

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh), depicting a scene from the play Sakahoko attributed to the playwright Miyamasu (1482-1556).

Right Margin Description of Scene
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The Play - Sakahoko

Sources: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 148-149 and http://www.noh-kyogen.com/story/english/Sanemori.pdf

Act 1:
Waki - a Court Official
Waki-tsure - two retainers
Tsure - a man
Shite - an old man
Kyōgen - a local person

Act 2:
Nochi-tsure - a goddess
Nochi-shite - the god Taki-matsuri no Kami

A Court official on his way to the shrine of Tatsuta Myōjin falls in with an old man who guides him to the hill on which the shrine stands. When asked, he tells the official that here is enshrined the sacred spear which was carried by the gods Izanai and Izanami when they descended from Heaven and created the islands of Japan. He adds that he himself is Taki-matsuri no Kami, the protective god of the shrine, and then disappears. That night, while the official is resting, a goddess comes to the place and dances, and then the god himself appears, carrying the spear. He tells of its marvels and rejoices at the peace enjoyed under the present reign.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1897
 Title Sakahoko 逆矛 or  逆鉾 (The Spear of the Gods)
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo 耕漁
 SealRed letter seal in an oval shape: 湖畔 [Kōhan], as shown above
 [ref. seal #27, p. 170 in The Beauty of Silence]
Printed on March 5, 1900 / Issued on March 10, 1900
明治三十日印刷 / 明治三十發f行
 Edition unknown
 Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Printed and published 印刷兼發行者
 Address 日本橋区吉川町二番地 松木平吉 followed by Daikokuya seal.  
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - light toning; not backed; full size
 Genre nishiki-e; 能楽図絵 Nōgaku zue [Noh play picture]
 Miscellaneous MFA, Boston notes: Part II, Section II kōhen, ge 後編、下
 Format ōban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 9/16 x 13 15/16 in. (24.3 x 35.4 cm)sakaho
 H x W Image
 8 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. (22.5 x 32.7 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print Art Institute Chicago 1939.2258.179 (February 20, 1900); University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0369 (February 20, 1900); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 53.2928.37 (February 20, 1900); The British Museum 1949,0409,0.8 (1900); Ritsumeikan Art Research Center AcNo. arcUP1026 (February 20, 1900)
 Reference Literature
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5/2/2019 created