One Hundred Noh Plays: Kantan
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One Hundred Noh Plays: Kantan, c. 1890-1920
Ink on Paper
14 7/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (377.83 mm x 257.18 mm)
A traveler named Rosei arrives at an inn in the village of Kantan. He rests his head on a magic pillow that allows him to dream his future. In his sleep, he enters public life, is promoted, reigns over a province, carries out campaigns, is demoted, gets accused of treason, is sentenced to death, is saved, and finally lives to an old age. Upon awakening, he realizes that everything was just a dream. Here, Rosei is seen dancing to music of the imperial court.
See: Japanese Noh Drama: Ten Plays volume II, pp. 55-68.
Dr. Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and the Humanities, Scripps College
Label on verso of print, lower left: Mi 29. Artist's seal: Romon. Signed: Kogyo.
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.
Color woodblock print in modern Japanese style, with an image of a figure with a fan. See 2007.1.48.
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