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Twelve Months of Noh Pictures: Kikujido (October)

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Hideyo Matsuno, Japanese, b. 1936
Twelve Months of Noh Pictures: Kikujido (October), 1970
Ink on paper
15.7 x 11 in.


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2010.1.3

Commentary
A Chinese imperial official has been ordered to find the fountain of youth, and encounters the young boy Jido who reveals that long ago he was banished to the mountains by his king for having violated palace rules. However, when Jido wrote words of the Buddhist Lotus Sutra on chrysanthemum petals to float in a stream, the flower created an elixir of immortality. In this print, Jido dances outside his rustic hut holding a chrysanthemum branch while offering prayers for the Chinese Emperor’s long life.

Marks
Artist's seal; signed "Hideyo".

Object Description
Color woodblock print from the series "Twelve Months of Noh Pictures" (Juni-kagetsu Noh ga Suri). This series was made by Matsuno Sofu's six original designs plus six designs by his son, Hideyo. The noh play "Kikujido" is also known by the name "Makura jido" (Jido and the Pillow).

Publisher
Publisher: Unsodo
Carver: Nagashima
Printer: Shinmi

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