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Shinsui, Ito (1898 - 1972), "A Theatrical Japanese Dance - Dōjōji (Naga-ban Format)"

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Catalog ID A2934
Artist Ito Shinsui
Title A Theatrical Japanese Dance - Dōjōji (Naga-ban Format)
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print on Lithographic Poster
Series Title Beauties
Edition First and only.
Date 1932
Publisher S. Watanabe Color Print Co.
Reference No The Female Image, 2000, pg. 75, no. 8; Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, (tri-fold pp. 114-119), no. 74
Size 23 -3/4 x 10 " (Naga-ban Format); 30 x 20 -3/4 (Lithographic Poster)
Condition Fine, with superb colors. Due to the size, handling creases throughout.
Price $6500.00
Shipping (US) $45.00
Shipping (Non-US) $95.00

Notes: The naga-ban format design was only produced for The Japanese Government Railways (500 approximate impressions). Still attached to original lithograph; complete as issued. Dated and signed at upper left corner, with artist's red seal. Title printed on the bottom margin, Theatrical Dance entitled "Dojoji" Artist Ito Shinsui, Wood-cut Printing by S. Watanabe, Tokyo 1932. The lithographed Japanese Government Railways poster displays a decorative background with the famous bronze temple bell that is so prominently used in the theatre play. See image #2 for entire lithographed poster, with print attached.

Dōjōji is a famous Noh play. Traditionally it is said to be written by Kan'ami and revised by Zeami. It originated from a longer 15th century play called Kanemaki ("Wrapped in a Bell"). It is set in the Buddhist temple Dōjō-ji in Kii Province, telling the story of a vengeful serpent-spirit and a temple bell. It is practically the only Noh play to use a substantial prop — a huge bell. Due to the bell in this play, dedicated Noh stages have a hook used for holding this bell in the center of the roof, and a metal loop at upstage left to hold the rope when lowering it; these are used only for this play. The part calls for a change of Noh costumes inside the bell, which is very challenging, due to being done alone, in the dark, in cramped quarters – normally a Noh costume is put on by several attendants. Accordingly, this role is reserved for the very best senior actors.