Folk Toy Bell – Rabbit

A handmade clay rabbit figurine from Saga Prefecture.

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The craft of nogomi ningyō, nogomi dolls started after the Second World War as a means to soothe people’s hearts and minds. As such these little clay figurines first started to be sold as good luck charms and talismans at the Yūtoku Inari shrine, the third largest Inari shrine in Japan. Inari is a kami (spirit or deity) in shintō religion, who is associated with rice harvest, household well-being and foxes, who act as her messengers. Inari is one of the most widely venerated shintō deities in Japan.
The dolls are all made by hand using moulds to create the two sides which are joined together before firing them in a kiln at over 900 degrees Celsius. Afterwards they are coated with a white paint called gofun, that serves as the foundation for all the other colours that will be painted on the dolls.
Rabbits are one of the 12 Japanese zodiac animals, the jūnishi. Following an astrological cycle of 12 years, each year bears the name of a different zodiac animal and one of the five elements of nature, with 2023 being the year of the water rabbit, a symbol of peace and elegance.

The paint is not waterproof.
As each piece is handmade, there might be individual differences.

Small size: L5.5 cm x W4 cm x H7 cm

Medium size: L11 cm x W8 cm x H12.7 cm

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