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Pictures of Noh Plays: Tomoe

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Tomoe, March 5, 1898
Ink on paper
9 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (25.08 cm x 37.47 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Bruce A. Coats
Accession Number: 2010.4.16

Alternate Title: No-gaku zue: Tomoe

The ghost of the woman warrior Tomoe Gozen (1157-1247) is shown entering the stage, moving down the hashigakari / bridgeway. She was sister of the warrior Imai Kanehira (1152-1184) and wife of Kiso Yoshinaka (1154-1184 ), Minamoto clan military leaders who died at the Battle of Awazu. Yoshinaka ordered Tomoe off the battlefield, and ever after she regretted not dying with her husband. This play is the only traditional noh play about a female warrior, but the focus is on her remorse rather than her prowess. See: Warrior Ghost Plays from the Japanese Noh Theater, C. Shimazaki, pp. 165-183.

Signed: Kogyo Seal: Red circle seal.

Object Description
Horizontal color woodblock print depicting a scene from the Noh play Tomoe (Category 2 Warrior Play). Lady Tomoe, lover of Minamoto general Kiso no Yoshinaka, readies herself for battle.

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