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Pictures of Noh Plays: Kanawa

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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
Pictures of Noh Plays: Kanawa, October 5, 1899
Ink on paper
10 x 14 3/4 in.

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Bruce A. Coats
Accession Number: 2009.7.34

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.

Object Description
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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