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Akitoyo Terada,
"Yashima" - Noh Play, ca. 1950s
Ink and colors on paper
10 13/16 x 8 3/16 in. (27.43 x 20.83 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: 2012.1.43


Commentary
As the ghost of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) tells of the battles at Yashima in 1184, he explains how when the Heike warriors attacked him and caused him to drop his bow, he had to retrieve it. Other warriors criticized him for risking his life to retrieve it, but the spirit revealed that he did not want the enemy to capture his weapon and realize how small his bow really was. See: Warrior Ghost Plays from the Japanese Noh Theater, C. Shimazaki, pp. 3-35

Marks
The print shows the artist's signature, "Akitoyo."

Medium
Ink and colors with gold metallic pigment on paper.

Object Description
Format: Chuban

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