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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Hagoromo, 1925-1928
Ink on Paper
15 in. x 10 1/8 in. (38.1 cm x 25.72 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: 2007.1.2

Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Hagoromo

A fisherman finds a “feathered robe” / hagoromo hanging from a tree and takes it down. A celestial maiden appears and asks for her mantle, saying she cannot return to heaven without it. At first the fisherman refuses, but then says he’ll return it if she dances for him. She performs an elegant dance that she learned at the Palace of the Moon and sings of the beauty of the Japanese landscape.(whose gentle hills are seen in the background of this print and are painted on her fan). The maiden’s headdress and outer robe choken are decorated with images of fantastic birds.
See: Japanese Noh Drama: Ten Plays volume III, pp. 19-31

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

Object Description
While taking a walk one morning, a fisherman finds a beautiful, feathered robe hanging from a pine tree. As he contemplates bringing it home, a celestial maiden appears and explains that she cannot return to heaven without the robe. Thus donning the feathered robe and a phoenix headgear, she performs a dance about the Palace of the Moon. These prints illustrate the celestial maiden performing the famous, four-part dance.

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