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Fall of the Castle

Otake Chikuha (Japanese, 1878–1936)
This painting won the Silver Prize at the 1902 Japan Art Academy exhibition. The woman in the scene is bidding farewell to her two children and preparing to cut off her hair before entering a Buddhist nunnery, as was customary for aristocratic women in medieval Japan after the death of a husband.

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