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Pictures of Noh Plays: Aisomegawa

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Aisomegawa, September 01, 1898
Ink on paper
9 15/16 in. x 14 3/4 in. (25.24 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: 2010.4.44


Alternate Title: No-gaku zue: Aisomegawa

Commentary
A woman and her son travel from Kyoto to distant Dazaifu where she hopes to deliver a letter to the boy’s father, the head priest of a Shinto shrinededicated to Sugawara Michizane, the god Tenjin. The letter is seen by the priest’s wifef who writes back forging her husband’s name and demanding that the boy and his mother should go away. The distraught mother writes a second letter and then drowns herself in the Aisome River. The boy delivers the letter to his father, and together they go to say prayers over her body (shown in the inset, with the corpse represented by the folded garment). The priest, his son and an innkeeper then pray to Tenjin (shown on the altar platform) who vows to bring the woman back to life because of her many good deeds.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, pp.43-44.

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

Marks
Signed: Kogyo. Seal: Red square "baku" seal.

Object Description
Horizontal color woodblock print depicting a scene from the Noh play, Aisomegawa (Category 4/5 Play).

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