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Okimono Ono No Komachi

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Okimono Ono No Komachi

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Exceptional and rare Japanese sculpture in lacquered wood and ivory that depicts the theatrical representation of the poet Ono No Komachi in the story “pray for rain”: once, during a heavy drought the emperor ordered Komachi to compose a spell in verse that would have caused rain. The story goes that when he recited his poem, a flash flashed, thunder roared and a downpour, which lasted for three days, began. In this superb okimono she is depicted, while with her umbrella she shelters from the wind that moves her garments decorated in gold lacquer as well as the pillow of her dress. The face, finely carved, is actually that of a beautiful woman. Sign Saneyoshi inside reserve in red lacquer under the base.

Ono no Komachi was a poet of great fame during the Heian period (794-1185) of ancient Japan. Very little is known about Komachi’s life, she was famous, still in Japanese, for her beauty and passion, she probably served at the court of Emperor Ninmyo and her poems were a success during her lifetime.
Origin: Japan
Period: Meiji Late nineteenth century.
Dimensions: 40 x 15 x 14 cm
State of preservation: Good

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