Mutsumi Yamamoto is the artist’s name. The figures are Thantos(woman holding the skull) and Eros(the seated figure); gods of Death and Love. The artist died in 2001. There was an exhibit of the artist’s works in 2009 at Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art in Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. I think there were other exhibits in other museums but it’s unclear. I couldn’t find out much more about the artist because most of the pages were in Japanese or Chinese and were horribly mangled by Google translate.
damsel in distress or persecuted maiden - a classic theme in world literature, art, film and video games. She is usually a beautiful young woman placed in a dire predicament by a villain or monster and who requires a hero to achieve her rescue.
Etymology: French, ultimately derived from Latin domina (lady or mistress of the house) and distringere (to grip with force).