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One Hundred Noh Plays: Michimori

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Michimori, 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: 2007.1.65


Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Michimori

Commentary
Taira no Michimori, Governor of Echizen Province, was slain at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani in 1184. A retainer reported the death to Michimori’s wife Kozaish?, who flung herself into the sea. In the play, an old fisherman and fisherwoman riding in a boat hear a Buddhist monk on the shore chanting prayers for the souls of the dead warriors and their families. The elderly couple, who are the ghosts of Michimori and Kozaish?, then recount the events of Ichi-no-Tani. In this print Kogy? captures the mysterious aspects of the spirits appearing from the coastal mist. See: Warrior Ghost Plays from the Japanese Noh Theater, C. Shimazaki, pp. 39-65.

Object Description
ghosts of Taira no Michimori and his wife

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