The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 19, 2024

The Cave Door of Spring

The Cave Door of Spring

Location: not on view


These prints form a composition inspired by a story about the deity Amaterasu. She was once so offended by her brother that she retreated into a cave, leaving the earth in darkness. Several attempts to lure her out with cocks crowing, music-making, and a goddess dancing failed, but a mirror hung from a nearby tree made Amaterasu curious, bringing her to the entrance of the cave. A stone was quickly placed at the entrance to block her way back into the cave, and light was restored to the world. The scene across the prints is unified by embossed clouds enriched with gold, silver, and copper.
  • Liebert, Emily. “Julie Mehretu: Portals.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine 62, no. 2 (2022): 12. Reproduced and Mentioned: P. 13.
  • Julie Mehretu: Portals (FRONT International: Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 16-November 13, 2022).
  • {{cite web|title=The Cave Door of Spring|url=false|author=Totoya Hokkei|year=1825|access-date=19 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL: