"Pictures of Noh Performances, Nogaku Zue" Japanese Ukiyo-E Woodblock First State Print by Tsuikoka Kogyo, 1893-1903
This print is Makua Jidô (Kikujidô), from the series "Pictures of Noh Performances (Nogaku Zue).
The print depicts a female player with totally amazing hair style seated under a canopy decorated with a profusion of flowers. The whole scene is being looked upon by an actor in a blue robe.
The kira-zuri can be seen on the platform base and highlights both their robes. We have tried to capture this in the photographs.
This print has a strong color with delicate bokashi (graduated shading). The face is unmarked with the condition being: VERY FINE.
Oban size on washi paper. Signed & sealed by Kogyo.
Tsukioka Kogyo (Japanese, 1869-1927).
Pictures of Noh Performances 能楽図絵「田村 (Nogaku Zue).
Not examined out of the frame.
**Note: An identical print is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Sotheys have inferior prints for US$1200.
Tasteful simple black wood frame with a small ribbed pattern. Ready for hanging with wire and hook. Museum/conservatory glazed, non-reflective.