||Hijo Otake no Setsu – The story of the maidservant Otake (Dainichi Nyorai)|
||Oban (10 1/8" X 14 1/4")|
||Otake was a servant of the Sakuma family in Odenma-cho in Edo. She never wasted even a grain of rice. She was spotted by a group of mountain ascetics who were looking for the incarnation of the Nyorai Buddha. As Otake bent down to collect rice grains, a light like a halo surrounded her convincing them they had found their buddha. Otake died May 19, 1680 and was buried in Asakusa at Zentokuji.|
In this design, the basket behind her head forms the halo and her reflection in the water appears as a buddha.