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One Hundred Noh Plays: Sotoba Komachi

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Sotoba Komachi, 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: 2008.1.78


Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Sotoba Komachi

Commentary
While passing through the mountains, two Buddhist priests encounter an old woman (shown here in travel garments). Initially she argues with them about Buddhist doctrines, but then reveals that she is Ono no Komachi, the noted 9th c. poet. She recalls how she had foolishly tormented the courtier Fukakusa no Shosho, and is now possessed by Shosho’s angry spirit. She asks the priests to pray for her salvation. See: Ono no Komachi: Poems, Stories, N? Plays by R. Teele, pp. 181-195.
Professor Bruce Coats, Scripps College

Object Description
See 2007.1.15.

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