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One Hundred Noh Plays: Zegai

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Zegai , Ink on Paper
9 13/16 in. x 14 5/8 in. (24.89 cm x 37.08 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2007.1.107

The troublesome creature Zegai, a winged dog-like demon called a tengu in Japan, has come from China to cause trouble for Buddhism in Japan. He is confronted and overpowered by the priests of Mt. Hiei, shown here, and disappears into the clouds.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, p. 25.

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

Object Description
Ghostly figure stands in a dark field. A fishing net lies nearby. Here, a red-haired Tengu (half human half bird monster) is challenging a priest from Hieizan Temple in a Noh play "Zekai, a good world".

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