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Princess Konohanasakuya is a goddess mentioned in the Kojiki, the oldest existing chronicle in Japan dating from the early 8th century. She is said to have been as beautiful as konohana (a flower). Her father was Ooyamatumi-no-kami, the god of mountains. She married Ninigi-no-mikoto, Amaterasu-oomi-kami's grandson, and gave birth to Hoderi-no-mikoto (aka Umisachihiko or Prince of Marine Blessings), Hosuseri-no-mikoto, and Hoori-no-mikoto (aka Yamasachihiko or Prince of Mountain Blessings). She was Princess Konohanasakuya is a goddess mentioned in the Kojiki, the oldest existing chronicle in Japan dating from the early 8th century. She is said to have been as beautiful as konohana (a flower). Her father was Ooyamatumi-no-kami, the god of mountains. She married Ninigi-no-mikoto, Amaterasu-oomi-kami's grandson, and gave birth to Hoderi-no-mikoto (aka Umisachihiko or Prince of Marine Blessings), Hosuseri-no-mikoto, and Hoori-no-mikoto (aka Yamasachihiko or Prince of Mountain Blessings). She was venerated and loved by people as the goddess of easy childbirth and spring with the power of blooming beautiful flowers. In this painting, Princess Konohanasakuya, clad in pure white and seated in a field filled with spring plants such as cherry blossoms, dandelions, ferns, and horsetails, is depicted as mysterious and sensual with abundant antique elegance. The grape leaves in her hair symbolize fertility.

Details

  • Title: Princess Konohanasakuya
  • Creator: Domoto Insho
  • Date: 1929
  • Physical Dimensions: w238 x h170 cm
  • Type: Pigment on silk, two folding screen

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