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Showa Period (1926-1989)

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Hidoki Hanabusa,
Noh Plays: Izutsu, c. 1950's - 1960's
Ink on Paper
16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (41.91 cm x 29.46 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2006.1.81

The ghost of Lady Izutsu, by being dressed in the imperial court headdress, sword and robes of her deceased husband, anticipates seeing his reflection in the water well located beyond the autumn grasses. The wisteria blossoms and red nandina berries suggests the garden setting for this encounter.

The spirit approaches the wellhead in anticipation of seeing her beloved Narihira’s face reflected in the water, just as she had seen it so often in their childhood. The fans and wisteria flower patterns on Narihira’s court robe and the red nandina berries on the trousers / hakama suggest the garden where they once played.

Object Description
Printed with silver and gold colored metallic pigments.

Noh actor stands next to a fenced area with autumn grasses.

Beautifully printed noh woodblock prints in the original folders and a silk covered box. The depicted noh plays are: Hagoromo, Shakkyo, Dojoji, Yuya, Okina, Matsukaze, Kokaji, Ohara Goko, Izutsu, and Shojo.

Matsumoto Hanga Hozon-kai

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