The pronounced, chubby face and the two dimples on the forehead indicate this work depicts the Shinto goddess Okame, also known as Uzume or Otafuku. The large head is carved separately and inserted into the body. Her garment and hair in the style of a court lady during the Heian period are also characteristic. The hair is black lacquer and her hairpin is inlaid with red coral. Her garments show ribbons and floral decorations in fine gold takamaki-e. The legs are bare, she is kneeling on the ground and holding a small cup with sake, the swirling liquid inlaid in pale horn, in front of her. The good and irregular himotoshi are in a somewhat naughty place next to the signature KEIMIN 渓民.
HEIGHT 3.8 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Good condition, one crack through the back and possibly a small loss or an imperfection to the top of the hair.