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Nōga taikan, Mochizuki


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Mochizuki 望月

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #139

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts the shite Kozawa, in the play Mochizuki sometimes attributed to the playwright Sa-ami (15th c.), dancing the lion dance on the bridge leading to the stage.

The Play - Mochizuki 望月

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.114.

Since his master Yasuda no Tomoharu was treacherously killed by Mochizuki in Shinano thirteen years ago, Kozawa has been keeping an inn in another province.  After wandering from place to place for fear of Mochizuki, Yasuda's widow and child eventually meet Kozawa again and thankfully remain under his protection.  One night Mochizuki happens to stay at Kozawa's inn on his way back from the capital where he has at last been cleared of any responsibility for Yasuda's death and obtained the rights to his victim's lands.  Kozawa and the mother and child take advantage of his visit and the fact that he does not know who they are, and plan to have their revenge.  They first entertain him with songs and dances and then, when his senses are dulled by drink, Kozawa and dead man's son kill him.

Noh Performance of Mochizuki, 1931
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #139
 Title Mochizuki 望月
 Series Nōga taikan 能画大鑑 (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays or A Great Mirror of Noh Pictures or A Great Collection of Noh Pictures)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor wrinkling and soiling; slightly trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
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