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Sofu Matsuno, Japanese, (1899–1963)
Noh Twelve Months: Shakkyo (May), 1956
Ink on cardboard
10 11/16 in. x 9 5/8 in. (27.18 cm x 24.38 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: 2010.1.34

Alternate Title: Noh Junikagetsu: Shakkyo (May)

Matsuno suggests the swirling motions of the young Chinese lion, as it appears to the Japanese monk Jakusho (962-1034) in the later part of this play. Although the mask appears ferocious, the lion is actually benevolent, protecting the Buddhist realm and assisting the monk who has traveled to the continent on a spiritual pilgrimage.
See: Supernatural Beings from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fifth Group, ed. C. Shimazaki & S. Comee, p. 30.

Signed: "Sofu"

Object Description
Color woodblock print from the series Noh Twelve Months (Noh Junikagetsu) depicting a scene from the Noh play Shakkyo (The Stone Bridge) (category 5 play). A lion dances among the peonies.

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