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This is a lidded container made to resemble Otogoze. It appears to be a colored ceramic produced in the middle or latter half of the 19th century in Kyōtō. Otogoze is a woman from Japanese mythology and is said to be Ame-no-Uzume, Japan’s oldest odoriko dancer. She has a round face, a low and round nose, long flowing hair, and round cheeks projecting outward. In kyōgen she is a shikome (ugly woman). In bunraku she is called O-fuku and seen as an auspicious female figure that brings in fortune (fuku). After entering the early modern period, in Edo kagura she began to be called O-kame. It is said that “O-kame” comes from her face and protruding cheeks resembling a large pot (kame). Her stout appearance in this lidded container certainly brings to mind one. After shaping and the application of white glaze, this piece was fired at high temperature. It was then painted and fired again. A light red has been applied to her face, giving it a charming expression. Her gorgeous kimono features a beautiful fall foliage Tatsuta River scene created with gold leaf, red, and deep blue. It includes plovers, which are found at this river. Masaki ARAKAWA

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Heinrich von Siebold (1852 St. Martin/Boppard - 1908 Schloss Freudenstein/Bozen) - GND




D: 6 cmH: 4.5 cm

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