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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc
This is a portrayal of the dancing girl of Dôjôji, a temple in Western Japan. This very traditional story has origins in Noh theatre, but also exists in a more recent Kabuki version. In a nutshell, she captivates the priests with her dancing.
We see Haruyo's character dancing with a fan, though her expression (and the ornate costume) suggests the dance is rather sedate. The background is reminiscent of traditional Japanese theatre scenery, with its highly stylised pine trees and cherry blossoms.
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.
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11035 (11-035 on package)
Retail price ¥3000