File:Amaterasu cave.JPG

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An image of the Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu emerging from a cave. 19th century. Signed: ’Shunsai Toshimasa’ (春斎年昌), title: ’Iwato kagura no kigen’ (岩戸神楽之起顕) - ’Origin of Music and Dance at the Rock Door’, date: Meiji 20 (= 1887).

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