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Amulet (omamori) (a) in the form of a silk doll representing Jizo and attached to a red cord. The representation of Jizo is made of Kyoto chirimen silk, pale blue for the body and red printed with white flowers for the bib. The ears are of pale blue felt, the eyes of two stitches of black thread, and two red beads form the mouth and a dot on the forehead. A golden bell and a paper label with the name Ishite-ji printed on it are also attached to the red cord.
The amulet is sold mounted on a card (b) which is printed with the name of the temple, Ishite-ji, and added information on the specific function of this amulet (for protection of the family), in particular.
- Production date
Height: 14.80 centimetres (amulet a)
Height: 14.40 centimetres (card b)
Weight: 3 grammes (amulet a)
Weight: 3 grammes (card b)
Width: 4 centimetres (amulet a)
Width: 6.60 centimetres (card b)
Depth: 0.90 centimetres (amulet a)
- Curator's comments
- Omamori are amulets that are carried about the person. They are bought primarily in temples and shrines throughout Japan and usually carry its name as well as specifications on their protective function. They are most commonly made of little silk pouches that contain a piece of paper with a stamp or prayer and sometimes an image. However, it is considered bad luck to open them and many are sealed. The omamori in this collection have not been opened.
The function of an amulet is indicated in a variety of ways, through writing, symbolism and visual puns.
The sound of bells wards off evil. Although this amulet is to protect the family, Jizo is particularly associated with dead children.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Acquired for the BP Showcase Exhibition on 'Souvenirs in Contemporary Japan'. British Museum Department of Ethnography; field collection.
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