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Kiyohime of Dôjôji
© Ozuma Kaname

1000: Kiyohime of Dôjôji (Kaname)

According to the legend, there was once a girl called Kiyohime who, tormented by unrequited love for the priest Anchin of the temple of Dôjôji, eventually turned into a snake, and roasted the object of her desire inside the temple bell. Kaname here portrays the dancing girl character of the much later kabuki play, who entertains the priests (and the audience) and at the climax climbs onto the bell, and reveals herself as the spirit of Kiyohime. We are reminded of the darker side of her character by the serpentine coils behind her.

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Synopsis of the kabuki version - for more sites, try Google, and search for "Musume Dojoji".

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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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101061 (10-1061 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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