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Nōgakuzue, Yuki


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yuki 雪


from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1901

Nōgakuzue, Rō Giō

IHL Cat. #205

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series gakuzue (Illustrations of Noh).  The print depicts a scene from the play Yuki by an unknown playwright. 

The Play - Yuki

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 222-223.
A priest on his way to the Tenno-ji temple is sheltering from a sudden snowstorm when a young woman appears.  He learns that she is the spirit of snow and, after asking him to read a sutra for her, she dances and then fades from sight amid the swirling flakes.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #205
 Title Yuki 雪 (Snow)
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Kōgyo 耕 漁
Red letter seal in a snow-covered pine branch shape: 耕漁 [Kōgyo]
 Date Printed on July 5, 1901 / Issued on July 10, 1901(Meiji 34)
明治三十四年七月五日 印刷仝年仝月十日発行
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slightly trimmed along left margin; not backed, minor soiling, light toning; thinning lower right margin
 Genre ukiyo-e; 能楽図絵 Nōgaku zue [Noh play picture]
 Miscellaneous  silver metallic highlights and embossing on robe; embossing in rectangular areas upper right and lower left corners
Portland Art Museum loan number L2012.113.6
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 3/8 x 14 1/8 in. (23.8 x 35.9 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 3/4 x 13 in. (22.2 x 33 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0417
 Reference Literature The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, fig. 21, p. 76.