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Pictures of Noh Plays: Ebira

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Ebira, August 5, 1898
Ink on paper
9 15/16 in. x 14 13/16 in. (25.24 cm x 37.62 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Bruce A. Coats
Accession Number: 2010.4.18


Alternate Title: No-gaku zue: Ebira

Marks
Signed: Kogyo. Seal: Red square artist's seal.

Object Description
Horizontal color woodblock print depicting a scene from the Noh play, Ebira (Category 2 Warrior Play). A priest traveling from Kyushu to Kyoto passes through Ikuta, where he notices a beautiful plum tree in bloom. As he admires the blossoms, a villager appears and explains that the tree is the famous "Quiver Plum Tree," from which the warrior Kagesue of the Minamoto had broken off a spray of plum blossoms to adorn his quiver in battle. Later that night, the villager appears before the priest in his dreams and reveals himself to be the ghost of Kagesue.

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