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Pictures of Noh Plays: Eguchi

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Eguchi, 1904
Ink on Paper
9 1/2 in. x 14 1/4 in. (24.13 cm x 36.2 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2007.1.156


Alternate Title: No-gaku zue: Eguchi

Commentary
A Buddhist monk and his attendants are traveling to Tenn?ji in Osaka and encounter a woman, the ghost of the courtesan Eguchi who had refused to give shelter to the poet-priest Saigy? (118-1190) because she did not want to corrupt him. The monk recites Saigy?’s poem to Eguchi, and the woman asks the monk to also remember the verse responding to Saigy? and then disappears. Later in the play, the spirit of Eguchi returns in a boat with two attendants (depicted here) and warns about the sorrows of desire, love and worldly attachments. She then reveals herself to be the Buddhist bodhisattva Fugen / Samantabhadra and departs.

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