The Strong Woman Okane of Omi Province, 1856 - Terrific depiction of the beauty Okane of Omi Province stopping a runaway horse simply by stepping on the lead rope attached to the animal's halter. According to legend, Okane was noted for her incredible strength. Here, she looks back over her shoulder, the horse kicking up its back legs as it is stopped short. She carries a wooden tub of laundry beneath her arm and seems to have accomplished the feat while just walking along, going about her daily chores. At right, a traveler reacts with stunned surprise, while another man kneels on the ground at left beside a stone marker. The series title refers to the figures as "iki-ningyo" or lifelike dolls. Actually very realistic, life-sized figures dressed in real clothes, dolls like these were sometimes displayed at Kannon Temple in Asakusa, but we are not sure if these dolls were included in one of those exhibitions. A great image of this famous strong woman.
Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 18 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight thinning. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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