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Sofu Matsuno, Japanese, (1899–1963)
Twelve Months of Noh Pictures: Kakitsubata (June), c. 1960
Ink on Paper
14 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (36.51 cm x 24.13 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2006.1.50


Alternate Title: Juni-kagetsu noh ga Suri: Kakitsubata

Commentary
In the final part of this play, the main character, the spirit of the iris flowers at the famous Eight Fold Bridge sings of the poet Ariwara no Narihira (825-880) who composed a poem using the syllables of the flower’s name kakitsubata. After a dance, the spirit kneels and unfolds a fan, observing that it is like the unfurled heart of enlightenment.
See: Twelve Plays of the Noh and Ky?gen Theaters, ed. K. Brazell. pp. 63-79.

Dr. Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and the Humanities, Scripps College

Marks
Artist's seal. Signature Hideyo.

Characters inscribed on the seal mean: "The Eight-Forked Bridge"

Object Description
June. "Kakitsubata". The series was made by Sofu's 6 original designs plus 6 designs by his son, Hideyo.
Characters inscribed on the seal mean: "The Eight-Forked Bridge"
Publisher Unsodo. Carver Nagashima. Printer Shinmi.

Publisher
Publisher Unsodo. Carver Nagashima. Printer Shinmi.

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