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Ceramic erotic statue of Okame with matsudake mushroom, Japan

Ceramic erotic statue of Okame with matsudake mushroom, Japan

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Okimono: Pre 1970: Item # 1436636

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Okame standing in blue over-kimono with a sweet and cheerful facial expression. Her garment falls open a little, showing a red colored underkimono or liner, indicating her profession. Cradled in her arms is a large matsudake mushroom. The shape of the mushroom has a close resemblance to a penis and the sculpture definitely has an erotic meaning.

Soft hollow cast earthenware or plaster, painted in vibrant cold-applied colors and sprinkled gold flakes.

Japan, 1960s or earlier.

H 5 in.

Colors somewhat smudged, especially the blue. Some black smudges in the white face, affecting her left eye. Because of the cold application, the colors are fragile and easily wash away.