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Kumasaka from the album Nō Sugata


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kumasaka 熊坂 (The Robber)

from the album Nō Sugata

by Matsuno Sōfū, 1931-1934

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #1593

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).

For other prints depicting Kumasaka see Nōga taikan, Kumasaka and Kumasaka 熊坂 (The Robber) from the series Nōgakuzue.

The Play - Kumasaka

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 89.

By Zenchiku
Fifth Group
All Noh schools


Act 1:
Waki - a traveling priest
Shite - the ghost of Kumasaka in the form of a priest
Kyōgen - a local person

Act 2:
Nochi-shite - Kumasaka no Chōhan

A travelling priest stops at Akasaka in Mino Province and meets another priest who, after talking with him, gives him lodging for the night.  This second priest is in reality the ghost of Kumasaka no Chōhan, a robber, and in the dream of the real priest that night the spirit appears and describers how he was killed by the young Ushikawa.  

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1593
 Title Kumasaka 熊坂 (The Robber)
 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 good - staining along left side of top edge 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 cm)
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