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Edo Water God

18th-Century Edo comb. One idea: A dragon in the clouds. In Japanese mythology, dragons were water gods in charge of rainfall, lakes, rivers, and oceans. The serpentine dragon on this comb was typical — large and wingless, with clawed feet. The artist worked with the tortoiseshell’s natural color gradations, painting the dragon in the exact place where his tongue would be the deepest red.

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  1. It is nice to meet you as well. I was taking a tour of the blogs on WordPress that mentioned Japanese mythology. So glad one of them was yours.

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