Small metal charm made of moulded golden metal in the shape of an ema, votive plaque, and with the design of a snake and character for snake in Japanese on one side, and on the other an indication of the purpose of the charm (for safety in travel, to pass exams and to generally improve one's destiny). A purple silk cord is attached to the top of the charm.
- Made in: Japan
- Found/Acquired: Kameido Tenjin
- (Asia,Japan,Tokyo-to,Kameido,Kameido Tenjin)
- Height: 10 centimetres
- Width: 2.8 centimetres
- Depth: 0.3 centimetres
- Weight: 5 grammes
This charm was sold stuck to packets of sweets outside the Kameido Tenjin Shrine in January 2001, at the start of the year of the snake. The sweets were in the shape of each of the 12 animals of the zodiac in the Chinese calendar.
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: EAS64597
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