Tsukioka Kogyo, "Kamo"
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This Noh woodblock print by Kogyo tells the tale of a maiden diety who graces the flowing waters of the rivers adjacent to the famous Kamo shrine in Kyoto. The story serves as a spiritual connection to and a celebration of the Kamo river’s cooling effect during the summer months. The diety Mioya is masterfully printed with mica highlights and intricate detailing in the costume. The wood grain backdrop is carved and printed.
Noh is a dramatic dance-form of theatre developed in the 14th century based on otherworldly literary tales. In addition to the extreme skills of the performer, Noh’s defining aesthetic features is the use of masks and elaborate costumes, which helps to punctuate the mood of characters.
Series: Pictures of Noh
Date: c. 1898
Size: Oban (approx. 10” x 14”)
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Condition: Slight mica rubbing, otherwise excellent
Shown in Modern Metal, Walnut Frame
Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927) is a widely recognized Meiji-period artist of Noh woodblock prints. A student and adopted son of the master Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Kogyo’s Noh prints epitomize the styling of Meiji-period woodblock prints. While many prints from his “Pictures of Noh” series are simple, we are pleased to present some of his more standout designs from this series.