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Pictures of Noh Plays: Oshio

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Oshio, October 5, 1900
Ink on paper
9 7/8 x 14 11/16 in.

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Bruce A. Coats
Accession Number: 2009.7.13

At the beginning of this play, a group visiting Mt. Oshio to see spring flowers encounter an old man who carries a branch of cherry blossoms. He tells them about a poem (shown in the inset) written by Ariwara no Narihira (825-880) and then disappears. In the second part, the ghost of Narihira appears in a carriage (shown here) and does an elegant dance recalling his love of the imperial consort Takaiko, for whom he wrote the verse.
See: Restless Spirits from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fourth Group by C. Shimazaki. p. 26.

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

Object Description
Color woodblock print of a scene from the Noh play Oshio. The Heian courtier Ariwara no Narihira admires the cherry blossoms at Oshio, a hill to the southwest of Kyoto.

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