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One Hundred Noh Plays: Shakkyo
November 1922
20th c
15 in. x 10 1/8 in. (38.1 cm x 25.72 cm)

Tsukioka Kogyo
(1869 - 1927)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Ink on Paper
Legal Status Date: 00/00/00
Accession Number: 2007.1.9 a, b

Commentary: On a holy mountain in China, a young boy appears to the Japanese Buddhist monk Jakush? (962-1034) to warn him that crossing the mossy stone bridge over a deep valley will be hazardous but if he waits on this side, the monk will envision the Buddha’s realm. Later in the play, two karashishi lions, divine guardians of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom Manjusri, appear to dance around red and white flowering peony plants. The father lion has a white mane, and his son’s hair is red. See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, p. 27.

The margins of 2007.1.9 a, b is  trimmed and the date information is missing. Dates shown were provided in:
Schaap, Robert, and J. T. Rimer. The Beauty of Silence: Japanese No & Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kogyo 1869-1927. Leiden, Boston: Hotei, 2010.

2007.1.9 a, b: November 1922 (no. 67 in Schaap et al.)

Object Description: Lion guardians dance at the Stone Bridge.
See 2006.1.66

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