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© Ozuma Kaname
The tragic kabuki figure Takiyasha-hime is based on a historical character, Satsuki-hime, daughter of Masakado, a member of the Taira (Heike) clan on the losing side of the great power struggle with the Minamoto clan in the 12th century (Heian period).
According to the story, determined to avenge the death of her father, she went to the shrine of Kibune to obtain magic powers, and changed her name to Takiyasha-hime. We might translate this roughly as "The Witch of the Waterfall," though the -hime suffix normally refers to a "princess" or other lady figure. She tries to start a rebellion within the court, but eventually her powers are overcome, and she meets the same fate as her father.
Here we see the tragic stage of the kabuki performance - she still bears the Heike flag (red with black stripes), but her hair, long in the Heian style, is dishevelled, and her pose is one of despair. The shadowy scaly tail in the background is a reminder of the magic powers that are now failing her.
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.
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101062 (10-1062 on box)
Retail price ¥3000