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Nōga taikan, Yugyō Yanagi

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yugyō Yanagi 遊行柳

(The Priest and the Willow)

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930


IHL Cat. #145

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts a scene from the play Yugyō Yanagi by the playwright Kanze Nobumitsu (mid-1400s-1516).

The Play - Yugyō Yanagi (The Priest and the Willow)

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.222.

The priest Yugyō passes the barriers at Shirakawa and meets an old man who guides him to an aged and withered willow tree standing on a mound.  The man explains that this is the tree made famous by Saigyō who rested in its shade, and then vanishes from sight.  That night, after praying at the spot, the priest sees the spirit of the willow tree, which rejoices at his prayers and tells him stories connected with other willows.  It then dances for him, but fades from sight again with the coming of dawn.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #145
 Title Yugyō Yanagi 遊行柳
 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)
 Artist 
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Signature 
 Kōgyo
 Seal
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - left margin slightly trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
 Collections This Print
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