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One Hundred Noh Plays: Kanawa

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Kanawa, 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: 2007.1.68

Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Kanawa

Text of the noh play, "Shojo," published by the Kanse Noh Troop, 1925.

When her husband abandons her for a new wife, an enraged woman takes revenge by going to a Shinto shrine wearing an iron crown with three flames and transforms herself into a demon. In these images, she is shown beating her husband's hat and some hair taken from the new wife. Her curse is succcessful and they both die within a few days.

Object Description
This is a play about jealousy, resentment, and revenge. A woman’s husband has abandoned her for a new wife. Full of vengeance, she comes to the Kibune Shrine to pray and to curse her husband. A priest advises her, saying that if she wears a red kimono, paints her face with red powder, and wears an iron crown that burns with three flames, she will be able to transform herself into a demon to exact her revenge. Here, her demon crouches by a prayer stand, on which lie a hat and a wig to represent the husband and his new wife.

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