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Amaterasu and Toyouke
  • Japan
  • Amaterasu and Toyouke, late 1800s, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • lithograph
  • Gift of Polly Bales
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0282

Two figures are standing on clouds. The one on the right is Amaterasu, the chief deity of the inner shrine at Ise and the principle ancestor of the royal line. The other figure is Toyouke, the chief deity of the outer shrine at Ise and a deity of agriculture and industry. While Amaterasu holds a mirror and sword, Toyouke holds rice.