Mirror of Vanity
It shows an octopus wearing a headscarf performing oral sex on an ama diver who submits in apparent ecstasy. She is lying with her head on a grass skirt. Besides them lies a oyster shucking knife and two opened oysters. The text on the black mirror in the upper left corner reads unubore kagami, or ‘mirror of vanity’.
The humor lies in the fact that the octopus wears the headband of a commoner and he sees himself in the mirror, imaged as the tremendous lover that octopuses are purported to be.
The following painting influenced by Shigenobu’s The Dyer’s Saffron print is interesting as a comparison with the preceding image…
Click HERE for a similar scene with a sensuous octopus wearing a headband….!!
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