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Tsukioka Gyokusei, b. 1908
Fifty Kyogen Plays: Kaniyamabushi (Crab Mountain), 1927
Ink on Paper
10 in. x 14 7/8 in. (25.4 cm x 37.78 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: 2001.2.91

Alternate Title: Kyogen gojuban: Kaniyamabushi

Kyogen are short, comic interludes between longer noh plays. Using quick dialogue, improbable storylines and slapstick humor, some kyogen plays are parodies of familiar noh themes and others make fun of Shinto and Buddhist priests and rituals. A poular target are the mountain hermits, yamabushi, who are portrayed as rather "unholy' ascetics.

In Kani yamabushi, a mountain hermit, thinking himself all powerful, tells his servant to break open a crab, but the crustacean subdues both men with his pincers.

Fine impression with gauffrage and gold pigment.

Inscription printed in the upper right. Signature, red ink seal, and fan-shaped seal in the lower right.

Colored ink woodblock print (oban yoko-e) on off-white paper.

Object Description
Meiji period colored ink woodblock printed depicting a scene from a Noh drama with a masked Noh actor pulling the ear of a dancer with another clapping his hands to the music.

Daikokuya Matsuki.

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