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Nōgakuzue, Teika

Nōgakuzue, Sotoba Komachi

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Teika 定家

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1898

Nōgakuzue, Sotoba Komachi
IHL Cat. #997

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh).  The print depicts a scene from the Noh play Teika, attributed to the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443)

For another print by the artist depicting this play see Nōgaku hyakuban, Sotoba Komachi.

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

The Play - Teika

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 187-188.

Act 1:

Act 2:
a travelling priest
two attendant priests
a village woman
a local person
the Princess Shokushi

A priest visiting the capital goes into a nearby shelter to escape a sudden shower.  A lady appears and tells him that the place was built by Fujiwara Teika who had a secret liaison with the Princess Shokushi.  But very soon she died, and Teika's spirit turned into the vine which clings to her grave.  She takes the priest to the spot and then, disclosing that she is the Princess, disappears from sight.  The priest recites the Lotus Sutra, and her spirit reappears to perform a joyful dance in gratitude for having attained salvation through his prayers.  

Right Margin Description of Scene

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #997
 Title Teika 定家
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Kōgyo 耕漁
Kōgyo, seal no. 43, p. 171 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 is dated Meiji 31, 1898, as follows: 
明治三十日印刷 Date of Printing: February 1, 1898 (Meiji 31)
Date of Issuance: trimmed from this print
The ARC database entry gives the date of printing for their print arcUP0877 as follows: 
Printed on March 1, 1900
 Edition unknown (At least two editions exist, the ARC Ritsumeikan print being a later edition.  See "Date" above.)
 Publisher 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 partially trimmed Daikokuya seal.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light album backing; wrinkling along left 1/3 of print caused by backing paper
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous silver and gold metallic highlights on robes
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 3/4 x 13 in. (22.2 x 33 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print Art Institute of Chicago 1939.2258.8; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University arcUP0877; University of Pittsburgh 20091209-kogyo-0197