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Removing the Stone from the Entrance to the Cave (From the Series The Spring Cave)

Removing the Stone from the Entrance to the Cave (From the Series The Spring Cave)


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Totoya Hokkei

(Japanese, 1780-1850)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 22.6 x 35.3 cm (8 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.990.4


These elegant surimono prints come from a set of five images inspired by the legend of the Shinto Supreme Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. She was once so offended by her brother that she retreated to a cave, leaving the earth in darkness. Several attempts to lure her out with cocks crowing, music-making, and a goddess dancing failed, but a mirror hung from a nearby tree made Amaterasu curious, bringing her to the entrance of the cave. A stone was quickly placed at the entrance to block her way back into the cave, and light was restored to the world. Each print is set against a blue evening sky with embossed clouds enriched with gold, silver, and copper.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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