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Showa Period (1926-1989)

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
One Hundred Noh Plays: Higaki, July 1925
Ink on Paper

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: 2006.1.71

Alternate Title: Nogaku Hyakuban: Higaki

An elderly woman, who was once the beautiful courtesan Higaki, visits a Buddhist priest and asks him to perform a memorial service on her behalf. Later in the play, he encounters her ghost outside a thatched hut (shown here), and she tells how her youthful vanity has led to an ugly old age. For her worldly sins, she is now condemned to continually scoop scalding water from a river in hell. The priest prays for her salvation, and she thanks him by performing a dance she had done for the courtier Fujiwara no Okinori.

Matsuki Heikichi

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