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Kamo from the album Nō Sugata


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kamo 加茂

the album Nō Sugata

by Matsuno Sōfū, 1931-1934

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #1595

About This Print and Nō Sugata

Source: based on documentation kindly provided by Claus-Peter Schultz.
From volume three 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 - Kamo

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 67-68.

By Zenchiku
First Group
All schools

Act 1:

Waki - a priest from Muro
Waki-tsure - two servants
Tsure - a woman
Shite - a woman
Kyōgen - the god of subsidiary shrine

Act 2:
Nochi-tsure - a goddess
Nochi-shite - the god Wake-ikazuchi

A priest from the shrine in Muro in Harima province makes a pilgrimage to the sister shrine of Kamo Myōjin and there sees a white-feathered arrow set up beside the river.  He learns from a woman who, with a companion, comes there to draw water, that when long ago a woman of the Hata family picked up such an arrow floating in the river and carried it home, she miraculously conceived and gave birth to a son.  The child was the god Wake-ikazuchi and he, his mother and the arrow are now revered as the three gods of the Kamo Shrine.  Telling the priest that she is one of these gods, the woman disappears with her companion.  Later the goddess and her son Wake-ikazuchi come forth to dance and promise to protect the land and its people.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1595
 Title Kamo 加茂
 Series 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 excellent - minor staining along top and left edges from mounting residue verso; light toning
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 9 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (24.4 x 30.2 cm)
 H x W Image 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. (24.1 x 29.5 cm)
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