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One Hundred Noh Plays: Ikarikazuki

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Ikarikazuki, 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: 2007.1.12


Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Ikarikazuki

Commentary
The play’s title translates as “drowning with an anchor” and recalls the historical events of 1185 when the Genji clan defeated the Heike clan. In this scene, three spirits are in a boat under a red canopy; at left is Taira no Tomomori who was a Heike general, at right is Lady Dainagon who was the nurse of Emperor Antoku, and at center is Lady Niidono, grandmother of Antoku. Realizing the Battle of Dan-no-ura was nearly over, Lady Niidono took up the young emperor, the sacred sword and the sacred jewel and leaped overboard, followed by Tomomori who weighted himself down with the ship’s anchor.
See: Twelve Plays of the Noh and Ky?gen Theaters, ed. K. Brazell. pp. 115-129.

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

Object Description
Taira no Tokiko recalls her suicide at Dan no ura

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