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Pictures of Noh Plays: Rashomon

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Rashomon, February 10, 1900
Ink on paper
10 x 14 3/4 in.


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Bruce A. Coats
Accession Number: 2009.7.4


Alternate Title: No-gaku zue: Rashomon

Commentary
Watanabe no Tsuna (953-1025) does not believe reports that a demon occupies the upper story of the Rash?mon city gate, and goes there to see if the story is true. He takes a small wooden placard (shown in the inset) to leave as proof of his visit, but as he leaves, the Ibaraki doji grabs his helmet (also shown in the inset) and attacks him. Their battle, which constitutes the second half of the play, is shown here, with Tsuna about to parry the thrust of the ogre’s stick.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, pp.34.

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

Object Description
Color woodblock print depicting a scene from the Noh play Rashomon (Rasho City Gate). Watanabe no Tsuna, a retainer of Minamoto no Yorimitsu, fights a demon in front of the Rasho City Gate in Kyoto.

See also: 2001.2.88 and 2007.1.76.

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