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One Hundred Noh Plays: Kamo

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Kamo, c. 1927
Ink on Paper
9 15/16 in. x 14 13/16 in. (25.24 cm x 37.62 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.64

Alternate Title: Noh Ga Taikan: Kamo

The Thunder God Wakeikazuchi is worshipped at the Kamo Shrines in Kyoto. According to tradition, a village woman was getting water from the Kamo River when an arrow floated into her bucket; shortly thereafter she gave birth to a baby boy. When the child later revealed that his father was Wakeikazuchi, who had taken the earthly form of an arrow. At the end of the play, the Thunder God appears and vigorously dances, to protect the Emperor and bring a good harvest.

Fine impression with gold and silver pigments and strong woodgrain.

Signature and oval red ink seal in the lower left.

Colored ink woodblock print with gold and silver pigments on off-white paper. Oban yoko-e.

Object Description
Showa period color woodblock print depicting a scene from a Noh drama with a man dressed in a red wig and holding a drawn sword in his right hand.

Daikokuya Matsuki.

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