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Shakkyō from the album Nō Sugata


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shakkyō 石橋 (Stone Bridge)

from the album Nō Sugata

by Matsuno Sōfū, 1931-1934

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #1592

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).

For other prints depicting Shakkyō see Nōga taikan, Shakkyō.

The Play - Shakkyō

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 158-159.
Act 1: waki - a priest; shite- a child; kyōgen - a hermit
Act 2: nochi-shite - a lion

A priest [the Monk Jakushō] goes to China to visit famous Buddhist places.  One day he is about to cross a stone bridge across a ravine when child appears.  He hears from the child that since the land on the other side of the bridge is the Paradise of the deity Monju Bosatsu [Monjusri Bodhisattva], even famous priests in olden times could only cross it after long and severe religious training.  Telling the priest that if he waits by the bridge he will see something wonderful, the child disappears.  After a while, a lion emerges and gambols and dances among the peony flowers - the king of beast enjoying the most majestic of flowers.  [Some productions use two or more lion dancers.]

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1592
 Title Shakkyō 石橋 (Stone Bridge)
 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 excellent - minor staining along 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 24.8 cm)
 H x W Image 11 5/8 x 9 7/16 in. ( 29.5 x 24 cm)
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