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One Hundred Noh Plays: Aoi no ue
20th c
15 in. x 10 1/8 in. (38.1 cm x 25.72 cm)

Tsukioka Kogyo
(1869 - 1927)
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Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Ink on Paper
Legal Status Date: 00/00/00
Accession Number: 2007.1.11


Commentary: "Aoi no Ue" tells of the wrathful spirit of Lady Rokujo, the lover of Prince Genji, who takes revenge on his wife, Lady Aoi. In mid-play, the actor dons a demon mask and dances violently around her rival, represented by the folded robe on the stage floor.

Object Description: Lady Aoi, the wife of Genji, has fallen ill with an incurable sickness. She has been cursed by the jealous spirit of Lady Rokujo, Genji’s past lover. In this print, the evil spirit of Lady Rokujo wears a female demon’s mask and holds a mallet, while hovering vengefully over Lady Aoi’s body (represented onstage by the folded kimono).



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