In some cultures, the cow has been considered a sacred animal since ancient times, even an object of worship that is prayed to for fertility, motherhood, and sound growth of children. This painting takes up this theme, depicting a woman praying that she will be able to give abundant milk to her child, soon to be born. The red hand-prints on the cow's body were inspired by the Indian custom in which left-hand prints are left as token of prayers. In this painting, however, the painter decided to use right-hand prints for his own artistic purposes.


  • Title: Nursing Mother's Prayer for Milk
  • Creator: Domoto Insho
  • Date: 1924
  • Physical Dimensions: w338.5 x h187.5 cm
  • Type: Pigment on silk, framed

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