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The heron maiden
© Ozuma Kaname

1000: The heron maiden (Kaname)

A story from kabuki of unrequited love: this character is a heron who has been transformed into a human, and has fallen madly in love, only to be spurned. She dances in three stages, as an unblemished maiden, as a mature beauty, and most poignantly as she returns to being a heron - the scene shown here.


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: Y101063 (10-1063 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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