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Hanagatami from from the album Nō Sugata


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Hanagatami 花筐 (The Flower Basket)

from the album Nō Sugata

by Matsuno Sōfū, 1931-1934

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #1597

About This Print and Nō Sugata

Source: based on documentation kindly provided by Claus-Peter Schultz.
From volume four of a twenty volume album titled Nō Sugata consisting of text, photographs, illustrations and color woodblock prints published by Unsōdō Publishing over the period 1931-1934.  The woodblock prints were created by Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963), the photographs by Genzō Kitazumi (1898-1982), the album's text was written by Kanze Sakon (1895-1939), the 24th head (sōke) of the Kanze School and Nō actor, and the preface was written by Sasakawa Rinfu (active 1920s-1930s).

The Play - Hanagatami

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 49-50.

By Zeami
Fourth Group
All schools


Act 1:
Waki-tsure - a messenger
Shite - Terui-no-mae
Ko-kata - the Emperor
Waki-tsure - two bearers
Waki - an official

Act 2:
Nochi-tsure - a serving-woman
Nochi-shite - Teruhi-no-mae

The Crown Prince Ōatobe having suddenly left his country retreat to go to the capital to succeed his father, a servant gives Teruhi-no-mai, the lady who has been the Prince's constant companion, a letter and a flower basked which he has left for her.  Some time later Ōatobe, now the Emperor Keitei, is viewing the maples in autumn when a mad woman comes along carrying a flower basket.  This is Teruhi who, distracted by her love for the Prince, has come to try to see him.  Happy now that she has met him again, Teruhi is once more taken into the Emperor's favour and returns with him to the capital.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1597
 Title Hanagatami 花筐 (The Flower Basket)
 Series/Album Nō Sugata 能寿賀多
 Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963)
 Seal 奏風 Sōfū seal beneath signature (see above)
 Date 1931-1934
 Edition first and only
 Publisher Unsōdō Publishing
 Carver unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - staining along top and left edges from mounting residue on verso; light toning
 Genre nishiki-e; Nōgaku zue [Noh play picture]
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 11 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (30.2 x 24.6 cm)
 H x W Image 11 5/8 x 9 7/16 in. (29.5 x 24.6 cm)
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