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One Hundred Noh Plays: Momiji gari

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Momiji gari, 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: 2007.1.42


Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Momiji gari

Commentary
While maple viewing, Taira no Koremochi (11th century) encounters a court lady and her two companions who dance and sing about the beauty of autumn leaves. After drinking wine, the courtier falls asleep, and the maiden retreats to a cave where she turns into a demon. In a dream Koremochi is warned of danger, and when he awakes, he defeats the demon with a sacred sword provided by the Shinto deity Hachiman.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, pp.35-36.

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

Object Description
spirit woman seducing Taira no Koremochi

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