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Ōmura Chōfu (active 1902-22)

Yamato-mai performance Signed and dated 4 May 1922

Oil on canvas | 24.5 x 61.0 cm (sight) (sight) | RCIN 403847

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At Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara, a Shintō ritual dance called yamato-mai is performed. The 1000-year-old ceremony is a form of the traditional performing arts preserved at the Imperial Court and certain shrines. The artist has combined this ancient subject matter with a modern, naturalistic style, using European oils on canvas instead of Japanese paper and water-based pigments.