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Adesugata
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc

1000: Adesugata (Haruyo)

I first translated the title, Adesugata, as "allure" - feeling I ought to be polite, but a bit puzzled since this actually means something like "sexy pose". I really couldn't see why, until it was pointed out to me that the figure is a courtesan (since she has the bow tied at the front), and moreover she is besporting herself in her undies! The black kimono hanging in the background is her overgarment, and we are seeing the next layer down. (I think it's just Haruyo's excuse to paint more kimonos...)

Note that this puzzle also appears on the back of some boxes, but with an older product code: 1000-609.

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The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11012 (11-012 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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