Re: Diving Girl Prints

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Posted by Philippe on November 10, 1999 at 02:29:29:

In Reply to: Diving Girl Prints posted by Catherine Greenwood on November 07, 1999 at 07:17:19:


There is a nice print by Kuniyoshi that shows a woman diver fighting a dragon (there are also two octopuses in the picture). It is reproduce in the samll book by Suzuki Oka, "The Decadents", Kodanshha International (Tokyo, New York and San Francisco) 1969, page 60. The print illustrates the legend of "the diving woman of Shido Bay" who risked her life to recover a jewel belonging to the founder of the Fujiwara clan (a 7th century character) and that had been taken from him by the Dragon King of the Sea. The jewel was a very special gift from Fujuwara's daughter, then wife of the Emperor of China, for a temple to be built in Japan. The heroic diving lady died from the poisonous wounds inflicted by the Dragon King, as well as a self-iflicted dagger wound in which she managed to hide the jewel. The story has been dramatized in a No play ("Ama"). Apparently, the subject matter is popular and came to inspire ukiyoe artists.

: Hi, I'm trying to find out about a print which someone
: described to me- it depicts (three?)women diving
: underwater. Perhaps my informant was thinking of
: the Hokusai pearl diver print with 2 octupi and 1 diver.
: In any case, I'd really appreciate info about any other
: diving girl prints, what books/sites I might look
: them up in. I know of one by Kunisada that shows men
: in boats and women in the water, and a trio by Utamaro
: that shows women on the beach. What I need is women
: in the water(for a project!) Thankyou...

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