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Noh Play: Kasuga ryujin

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Noh Play: Kasuga ryujin, c. 1920
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 7 1/2 in. (22.86 cm x 19.05 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Taisho (Japan, 1912-1925)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2006.1.63


Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Kasuga ryujin

Commentary
The Dragon God of Kasuga Shrine in Nara is concerned that the Buddhist prelate My?e (1173-1232) wants to make a pilgrimage to India. Early in the play, the deity appears as an old man who describes how the sacred sites of Japan are equivalent to those on the continent, and that there’s no need to go abroad. When the Dragon God reappears in his true form, shown here, My?e confirms that he will stay in Japan. Although this is a woodblock print, the artist and publisher have captured the spontaneous brushwork associated with a watercolor drawing.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, p.37-38.

Dr. Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and the Humanities, Scripps College

Marks
Printed signature and seal "Kogyo".

Object Description
Noh actor facing forward, wearing a dragon on his headdress.

Publisher
Published by Daikokuya, Matsuki Heikichi.

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