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Paintings by Ozuma Kaname

Further down this page: About the artist

Kaname paints a wide range of traditional subjects, from kimono beauties to Buddhist deities, tigers, dragons, and other animals. (Note: The translations of titles are mine.)

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Kaguya-hime
© Ozuma Kaname

Kaguya-hime

With a huge full moon as backdrop, Kaguyahime ("Princess of the shining night") has a pensive look. The story of which she is heroine, the "Bamboo cutter's tale", dates back a thousand years, to the great cultural flowering that was the Heian period. In the story, she was found as a tiny baby inside a bamboo trunk.

As we see, a beauty of that time wore her eyebrows high, and her hair exceedingly long. She also spared no expense on her kimono.

Detail

Good articles at Wikipedia: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter - Heian period

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Code: A10339 (1000-339 on box)
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Dragon vs. tiger
© Ozuma Kaname

Dragon vs. tiger

The tiger, symbol of fire, and the dragon, symbol of water, are often portrayed as adversaries, representing the heaven-earth or ying-yang dichotomy.

Note that the tiger is quite naturalistic, whereas the dragon is an entirely mythical beast, and more like a snake with legs and horns than the giant lizard form of Western dragon.

Detail

This puzzle is also available in 2000 pieces (code A20047).

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Code: A10311 (1000-311 on box)
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Four gods
© Ozuma Kaname

Four gods

In Chinese mythology these four gods occupy the four corners of the cosmos: the white tiger in the west, the blue dragon in the east, the red phoenix (Suzaku) in the south, and the mysterious Genbu in the north. Mysterious, because Genbu apparently turns up as a snake and a turtle entwined together, which is why there are five heads in the picture. These deities are associated with feng shui, and have also appeared in Japanese animations, so they are easy to find on the Web.

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Code: A10764 (1000-764 on box)
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Owl
© Ozuma Kaname

Owl

Perhaps universally revered as wise (though I wonder if it's just the Harry Potter spectacles?), the owl is here portrayed as a harbinger of good fortune.

The title - word play
fuku
luck
ku(ru)
come
rô
male

Instead of writing fukurô, "owl", in the normal way, the Japanese title of the painting consists of the somewhat contrived sequence of Chinese characters shown on the left.

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An Appleone puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: A03170 (300-170 on box)
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Ozuma Kaname

Signature

Signed Kaname with full-name seal

The painter Ozuma Kaname was born in 1939, in Niigata. He studied traditional Japanese art, and his pictures are generally based on traditional themes.

Ozuma is his family name: he signs paintings with the single character of his given name only.

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