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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Orange rays radiate from the evil court lady, Tamamo no Mae, as she raises an open fan. This powerful image represents a manifestation in human form of a supernatural, nine-tailed fox that transformed itself repeatedly into beautiful women and enchanted the emperors of India, China, and Japan. According to a Japanese legend set in the Heian period (794-1185), Tamamo no Mae served at the imperial court where she practiced her evil until she was stopped by the power of a Buddhist priest. The light that appeared around her head at night betrayed her supernatural power. Legends of Tamamo no Mae were well known to nineteenth-century Japanese audiences through puppet plays, illustrated novels, and kabuki plays.
- Published References
- At the Museums. vol. XLIX, no. 1, 2003. p. 71.
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 100, pp. 256-257.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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