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In Kenji Miyazawa's poem "Thief", many words are left as hiragana:

青じろい骸骨星座のよあけがた

凍えた泥の乱反射をわたり

店さきにひとつ置かれた

提婆のかめをぬすんだもの   

にはかにもその長く黒い脚をやめ

二つの耳に二つの手をあて

電線のオルゴールを聴く

What does 提婆のかめ signify? (I tried doing a few searches, but I can't tell if this is related to a shogi piece or an Aryadeva figure). According to this site, it refers to Datta Daiba, but that doesn't clear up the mystery with かめ.

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    「瓶」= pot, jar. Could not think of another possibility. Mar 4 '14 at 4:28
  • Does the Aryadeva normally have a pot? Mar 4 '14 at 8:12
  • I could only say "sometimes" if you image-search, including the drawing you linked to. Mar 4 '14 at 8:38
  • what is it for? Mar 4 '14 at 9:54
  • No knowledge of it. For holding water would be my best guess. Mar 4 '14 at 10:45
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I located another version of the poem as follows:

ぬすびと    

   青じろい骸骨星座のよあけがた

   凍えた泥の乱(らん)反射をわたり

   店さきにひとつ置かれた

   青磁のかめをぬすんだもの

   にはかにもその長く黒い脚をやめ

   二つの耳に二つの手をあて

   電線のオルゴールを聴く

Here 青磁のかめ = celadon pot. Thus 提婆のかめ may mean "the pot isolated like Aryadeva."

Anyway, the poem is enigmatic with plenty of room for speculation including this -> http://kdiary1.fc2.com/cgi-bin/d.cgi/giton/?dt=20121006.

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