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One Hundred Noh Plays: Choryo

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Choryo, 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: 2007.1.67


Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Choryo

Commentary
In this play the Chinese warrior and statesman Zhang Liang (262-189 BCE, J: Ch?ry?) recalls a dream in which he encountered a hermit, the spirit of Huang Shigong. The old man was on horseback and when his shoe fell off, he asked Zhang Liang to retrieve it. When Zhang did so, the old man promised to give him a book of military strategies, one of China’s seven great books on warfare. In this print, the young man stands before the aged hermit, seated on a dais.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, pp.39-40.

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

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