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Dog family with Kishimojin
© Ozuma Kaname

1000: Dog family with Kishimojin (Kaname)

The dog has long been taken as a symbol of easy childbirth, and here the litter of puppies (six in all) sit with their mother at the foot of Kishimojin. This latter has an interesting story - her name is literally "Devil-child-mother-god", and she started out as an evil character, whose favourite activity was eating other people's babies. But she was persuaded by Shaka-sama (the historical Buddha) to reform, and became a protector of children and augurer of easy childbirth.

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More on Kishimojin at Mark Schumacher's Buddhist Corner

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; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: Y101082 (10-1082 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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