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INFANTICIDE EMA – Japanese folk votive wooden tablet 1852

 
Very scarce worshipper’s wooden tablets offered for Shinto shrine / Buddhist temple (called ‘Ema’ (lit. ‘Horse picture’)), classified into ‘Mabiki (Culling)-Ema’ as the remonstrant (slogan) tablet for the wickedness of infanticide by the mother (often caused by the distress for hard poverty at that specific time between the late Edo period to early Meiji period). Fuzzy painting of a child’s head with a mother who prays for the child’s rebirth in paradise, and showing up “god” (simplified form of Kannon (Goddess of Mercy)) on the floating crowd. But, curiously not a very awfully disconsolate object considering such background, because of its primitively pure touch and style of folk hand-painting, but simply sad in fact. Signed “Dedication / Woman of year of the serpent / June, Kaei 5 (1852) in Edo period” at back side. approx. 28 x 15 x 0.6cm (11.02 x 5.90 x 0.23in)

 
$250

 

 
間引き絵馬(子返し絵馬) / 江戸期

江戸時代、飢饉や水害に見舞われたり貧困に喘いでいた農民には「間引き」(口を減らすため生まれたばかりの子どもを殺める)の風習があり、それを戒める為絵馬が作られました。
産まれたばかりの赤子を手にかける母と、天に観音菩薩が描かれています。
嘉永五(壬子)六月吉日 「巳年乃女」は、このような悲惨な苦しみが無くなるように願って奉納したのでしょう。

28 × 15cm
 
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