Tsukioka Kōgyo, ‘Scene from Tsunemasa’, ca. 1920, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

Painter and printmaker Tsukioka Kōgyo emerged at the twilight of Japan's great woodblock print tradition, most remembered for his depictions of the Noh theater tradition. His major print sets "Illustrations of Noh" (1897-1902), "One Hundred Prints of Noh" (1922-1926), and "Encyclopaedia of Noh Plays" (1925-1930, completed posthumously) provide a window into the preservation of Japan’s traditional masked theater form during an era of rapid modernization. This print from "Encyclopaedia of Noh Plays" depicts a scene from the Noh play Tsunemasa, in which the monk Sōzu Gyōkei performs a musical service to pray for the Heike soldier Taira no Tsunemasa and is visited by the spirit of Tsunemasa himself.


Series: Encyclopaedia of Noh Plays

Signature: Signed with artist's seal.

Image rights: Courtesy of Ronin Gallery | NYC

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