Pictures of Noh Plays: Kanawa,
October 5, 1899
Ink on paper
10 x 14 3/4 in.
Gift of Dr. Bruce A. Coats
Text of the noh play, "Shojo," published by the Kanse Noh Troop, 1925:
When her husband abandons her for a new wife, an enraged woman takes revenge by going to a Shinto shrine wearing an iron crown with three flames and transforms herself into a demon. In these images, she is shown beating her husband's hat and some hair taken from the new wife. Her curse is succcessful and they both die within a few days.
Color woodblock print of a scene from the Noh play Kanawa (The Iron Crown). A woman spurned by her husband for a new wife visits the Kibune Shrine in Kyoto to seek revenge. Wearing an iron crown topped with three burning tapers, she proceeds to turn into a demon.
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