Detail: Diver Woman
The scenes on the left-hand screen are concerned with Kamatari’s plot to retrieve the jewel by enlisting the help of a diver woman who would be at home in the depths of the sea, where the dragon palace was located. According to the text, “She was of average appearance but dived and played as though she was walking on a straight road.” Kamatari sets in motion a vast array of dancers and musicians to distract the dragon kings, while the diver attempts to retrieve the jewel. Our eyes follow a rope down to the diver below the sea, where she is fatally confronted by a large dragon. Rays of light emanate from her chest, and we know that she has recovered the jewel and hidden it inside of her.