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Nōgakuzue, Shiga


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shiga 志賀

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1899

Nōgakuzue, Kurama Tengu

IHL Cat. #1148

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh). The print depicts a scene from the play Shiga.

For another depiction of this play by the artist see Nōga taikan, Shiga.

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

The Play - Shiga 志賀

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.161.

By Zeami

First Group
Zanke, Hōshō, Kongō and Kita schools


Act 1:
Waki - A Court official
Waki-tsure - two retainers
Tsure - a wooductter
Shite - an old woodcutter
Kyōgen - a local person

Act 2:
Nochi-shite - the god Shiga no Myōjin

A Court official who has come to Shiga to view the cherry blossom sees two woodcutters resting under a cherry tree with branches of the blossom added to their already heavy load of wood.  Impressed by this, he speaks to them and during their talk, the old man tells of Ōtomo no Kuronushi, the poet of old who is deified and worshiped in the shrine at Shiga.  He hints that he is Kuronushi and then vanishes.  While the official is resting under the tree that night, he sees the god come and, rejoicing at the prosperous reign, performs a dance.

Right Margin Description of Scene
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1148
 Title Shiga 志賀
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Kōgyo 耕漁
White letter seal in an oval shape: 耕漁 [Kōgyo]border: 湖畔 [Kohan]
Seal not shown 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 was issued January 25, 1899 as shown in the print's left margin, as follows: 
Date of Printing: January 20, 1899 (Meiji 32)
Date of Issuance: January 25, 1899

The ARC database entry for their print arcUP00950 carries the same dates as this collection's print.
 Edition unknown 
 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,  as shown on left.  
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - album backing; full size; soiling; rubbing along edges of right and left margins
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 13/16 x 14 5/8 in. (24.9 x 37.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 13/16 x 12 15/16 in. (22.4 x 32.9 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This PrintArt Institute of Chicago 1939.2258.105; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University AcNo. arcUP0950 CoGNo. arcUP0840 AlGNo. arcUP0840; University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0282; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 53.2928.6
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