Painting of a fan in front of a branch of a plum tree in full bloom.The fan has the figure Okame on it. She is holding a white plum flower. The painting is one of a cultural and seasonal theme. Okame is looked upon as a joyfull figure of good fortune who is culturally significant. The reason for this is that Okame or also known as Ama No Uzume no Mikoto, Goddess of Mirth,helped to get Amaterasu(Sun Goddess)out of the cave in which she had retired. The plum is the first of the flowers to bloom after the winter cold. It is a sign of spring quickly on its way. The figure of Okame is also done with laquer buildup giving a three dimensional element to this piece.
Age: Meiji (1868-1912)
Size: overall 75" x 23-1/2" (190 x 60 cm); image 40-1/4" x 16-1/2" (102 x 42 cm)
Media: Painting on silk