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Pictures of Noh Plays: Matsuyama kagami

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Matsuyama kagami, May 5, 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: 2009.7.41


Alternate Title: No-gaku zue: Matsuyama kagami

Commentary
A widower sees his daughter hiding something, which turns out to be a mirror (seen atop the stand at right) that he had given his wife. The girl says her mother, before dying, had given it to her, saying that whenever she wanted to remember her mother, she should look into the mirror. A ghost then appears before her husband and daughter (shown here) to reveal that she has become a bodhisattva due to the devoted prayers of her daughter.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, pp.42-43.

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

Object Description
Color woodblock print of a scene from the Noh play Matsuyama kagami (The Mirror of Matsuyama).

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