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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Tsuchigumo, 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
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2007.1.75


Commentary
A giant ground spider / tsuchigumo (shown here behind its web) tries to kill the Minamoto no Yorimitsu (948-1021), but is defeated by the warrior’s retainers. In performance, the actor portraying the evil spider throws out paper threads that entangle the Genji clan warriors. In this image the artist suggests the mysterious mountain cave where the monster hides, waiting for new victims.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, pp.34-35.

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

The margins of 2007.1.75 are trimmed and the date information is missing. The dates displayed were provided by:
Schaap, Robert, and J. T. Rimer. The Beauty of Silence: Japanese No & Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kogyo 1869-1927. Leiden, Boston: Hotei, 2010.

2007.1.75: August 1922 (no. 65 in Schaap et al.)

Object Description
demon spider about to attack Minamoto no Raiko

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