Amulet (omamori) made of clay in the shape of a white dog painted with a red and pink flower on either side of its back and wearing a purple bib with white dots. The decorated areas are edged with a red lines. The eyes and the nose are blue with a long curling moustache on each cheek. The dog is stuck to a cushion made of green chirimen silk with a yellow tassel on each corner.
- Made in: Japan
- Found/Acquired: Monju-do
- Height: 3.3 centimetres
- Width: 5 centimetres
- Depth: 5 centimetres (a)
- Weight: 10 grammes
Although not a typical type of amulet, small dogs decorated in this manner are associated with the protection of children in particular. In addition, this object was being sold in the shrine at Kotohira, adding to its amuletic function. This object is designed to sit on a flat surface rather than to be carried around.
Acquired for the BP Showcase Exhibition on 'Souvenirs in Contemporary Japan'. British Museum Department of Ethnography; field collection.
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Object reference number: EAS64661
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