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Shōjō from from the album Nō Sugata


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shōjō 猩々(The Tippling Elf)

from the album Nō Sugata

by Matsuno Sōfū, 1931/1934

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #1600

About This Print and Nō Sugata

Source: based on documentation kindly provided by Claus-Peter Schultz.
From volume five 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 -  Shōjō

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 163-164.

Waki - Kō-fū, a wine dealer
Shite - an elf-like creature

A man named Kō-fū, living in ancient China, explains that by following a dream which he had in reward for his filial piety and which told him to sell wine in the market, he has become a prosperous man.  At the market, there is one particular person who always comes to him to buy wine, and since he told the dealer that he is an elf living in the sea, the man has come down to the estuary to wait for him to appear.  When he does so, red-faced from his drinking, the man serves him with wine and watches him dance.  The elf, in return, gives him a well of wine which never runs dry.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1600
 Title Shōjō 猩々 (The Tippling Elf)
 Series Nō Sugata 能寿賀多
 Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963)
奏風 Sōfū
 Seal unread 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 - light toning noticeable in margins
 Genre nishiki-e; Nōgaku zue 能樂圖繪[Noh play picture] or 能絵 Noh-e
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 11 7/8 x 9 11/16 in. (30.2 x 24.6 cm)
 H x W Image 11 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (29.5 x 24.1 cm)
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