Illustrations of Noh Props

Illustrations of Noh Props, Both Set Pieces and Hand Props

In general noh practictioners divide what are called set pieces and props in English into tsukurimono (constructed things) and kodōgu (small props) or tedōgu (hand props). The former category (generally analogus to set pieces) is usually rebuilt for each performance, the latter (hand props) stored and reused. However, like the English term "set," tsukurimono is often loosely used to apply to both categories (and sometimes to costume pieces as well), as is evident in the following manuscripts.

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Okura School tsurimono records
GloPAD Series 92

 

Kanze school noh prop illustrations
GloPAD Series 91

 

 

 

Noh prop illustrations
GloPAD Series 90

 

Kōden butai no zu
GloPAD Series 115

 

Yamaguchi noh props
GloPAD Series 104

 

Hosho School illustrations of props
GloPAD Series 200

 

 

Ōkura School Secret Record of Tsukurimono [Set Pieces] 大蔵流作り物秘録 is a manuscript illustrating set pieces and props for 85 noh plays. It also shows some costume pieces and contains miscellanous notes. The copy scanned into GloPAD belongs to Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute.

 

 

 

 

Kanze School Illustrations of Tsukurimono [Set Pieces] 観世竜作り物の図 contains illustrations of over 50 set pieces (as well as a couple of hand props) with notes about their construction. The copy scanned into GloPAD belongs to Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrations of Noh Tsukurimono [Set Pieces] 能作り物図 has drawings over over 50 variations of set pieces with the names of the plays in which they are used. The copy scanned into GloPAD belongs to Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute.

 

 

 

 

Stage Illustrations 舞台の図 contains stage diagrams showing placement of about 40 set pieces (tsukurimono) as well as some indications of dance movements. The copy scanned into GloPAD belongs to Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamaguchi Illustrations of Noh Staging 山口能具図 has drawings of sets, props, costume pieces and designs to illustrate over 125 noh plays.

 

 

 

 

 

Hōshō School Libretto Selections 宝生流小謡 is a collection of favorite noh librettos to be sung outside of full noh performances. Above the text are illustrations of the piece, usually set pieces (tsukurimono), but occasionally imaginary drawings.

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