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Pictures of Noh Plays: Shojo

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Shojo, May 10, 1898
Ink on paper
9 3/4 in. x 14 3/4 in. (24.77 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: 2010.4.52


Alternate Title: No-gaku zue: Shojo

Commentary
Chinese mythical creatures called xing xing are thought to be wine loving red haired apes, often associated with the orangutan. In this print, K?gyo shows the real ape at left and the actor at right, who dances before an enormous wine pot. See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, p. 30.

Marks
Signed: Kogyo. Seal: Square "baku" seal in gold-colored metallic pigment.

Object Description
Horizontal color woodblock print depicting a scene from the Noh play, Shojo (Category 5 Play). Shojo, an auspicious orangutan disguised as a man, performs a dance after drinking a great deal of sake.

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