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The fox and her son by john-n-mary The fox and her son by john-n-mary

Kuzunoha, white kitsune and legendary mother of the most famous Japanese onmyoji (sorcerer) Abe-no Seimei of Heian era, with her little son.

"The young nobleman Abe-no Yasuna, on his way to visit a shrine in Shinoda, encounters a young military commissioner who is hunting foxes in order to obtain their livers for use as medicine. Yasuna battles the hunter, sustaining several wounds in the process, and sets free the white fox he had trapped. Afterward, a beautiful woman named Kuzunoha comes along and helps him return to his home.

In reality, this woman is the fox he had saved, adopting human form in order to tend to his wounds. He falls in love with her, and they marry. Later, she bears him a child, Seimei, who proves prodigiously clever. Kuzunoha realizes that her son has inherited part of her supernatural nature.

Several years later, while Kuzunoha is viewing some chrysanthemums, her son catches sight of the tip of her tail. Her true nature revealed, Kuzunoha prepares to depart to return to her life in the wild. She leaves behind a farewell poem, asking her husband Yasuna to come to see her in Shinoda forest.

Yasuna and his son search Shinoda for Kuzunoha, and eventually she appears to them as a fox. Revealing that she is the kami, or deific spirit, of Shinoda shrine, she gives her son Seimei a gift, allowing him to comprehend the language of beasts" -- from Wikipedia

Credits: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, "Kuzunoha leaving her child"; photographs of kudzu (Japanese arrowroot) from the web -- Kuzunoha's name means kudzu leaf.
Size A4, coloured pencils, mechanical pencil and white pastel on grey "hairy" paperboard.
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BuruTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Its so cool!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Many thanx)
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BuruTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
np :')
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AVIARA23 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
wao que hermoso ! me encanta !!!!!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Muchas gracias! Thank you very much for kind words! Heart 
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monmoshi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
so nice
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Glad you like it)
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monmoshi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah:D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Very beautiful!  I love the white kitsune tales!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Thanx so much! Yeah, they're wonderful creatures, elusive and mystic.
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Many thanx!
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
your welcome
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