An amusing depiction of the Shinto goddess Okame, also known as Otafuku, known for performing the first nude dance in Japan. This work shows her half-nude, with large breasts and a large belly like Daruma and yawning strongly. Both arms are raised up, again in the manner of the Zen patriarch Daruma, who surely had to yawn quite often during his nine years of wall-gazing. Okame depicted in this way is also often called Onna Daruma (“Woman Daruma”). Large himotoshi through the back and behind.
HEIGHT 5.8 CM
Condition: Good condition, expected age cracks
Provenance: British private collection