C1899

Noh Play 'The Lay Priest Jinen'

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Jinen Koji (Jinen the Lay Monk) While the lay priest Jinen is preaching at the Ungo-ji temple, a young girl comes and gives him a robe as a gift.  In a letter accompanying it she explains that she has sold herself … Read Full Description

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S/N: JWB-KOGYO-NTP-011–217521
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Full Title:

Noh Play ‘The Lay Priest Jinen’

Date:

C1899

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 225mm
AUTHENTICITY
Noh Play 'The Lay Priest Jinen' - Antique Print from 1899

Genuine antique
dated:

1899

Description:

Jinen Koji (Jinen the Lay Monk)

While the lay priest Jinen is preaching at the Ungo-ji temple, a young girl comes and gives him a robe as a gift.  In a letter accompanying it she explains that she has sold herself to buy the robe in order to have the priest say a mass for her dead parents.  As Jinen is reading this, the men who have bought the girl come and take her away.  Much moved by this, the preacher hurries after them when he is told what has happened, and demands that they release the girl.  This they at first refuse to do, but after Jinen has entertained them with all manner of songs and dances, they agree to give the girl up.

Biography:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927)

Although Kogyo was born the year after the beginning of the Meiji restoration, which brought Japan into the modern Western world, he was to become famous for his depiction of scenes from the traditional Japanese theatre Noh. A talented and prolific artist he was to created over 550 prints of Noh plays.

At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to the great woodblock artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), who had married his mother.  oshitoshi, had a “lifelong fascination with Noh.” and influenced his apprentice to appreciate all aspects of Noh perfomances.  After Yoshitoshi’s death, he went on to study with the painter and woodblock artist Ogata Gekko (1859-1920), who his more modern style Kogyo was to adapt for his woodblocks. 

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