Posted by: softypapa | February 1, 2008

Japanese Tiger Statue – Fierce Ceramic Tora Okimono

Japanese Tiger Statue Fierce Ceramic Tora Okimono Japan Cat Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Tiger Statue Fierce Ceramic Tora Okimono Japan Cat Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Tiger Statue Fierce Ceramic Tora Okimono Japan Cat Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Tiger Statue Fierce Ceramic Tora Okimono Japan Cat Tokaido Softypapa

Japanese Tiger Statue Fierce Ceramic Tora Okimono Japan Cat Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Japanese ceramic tiger (tora) statue.  In the past in some areas of Japan tiger figures were displayed each year during the month of May on Boy’s Day (now called Children’s Day) in an effort to protect children and encourage healthy growth.  As the fierce-looking tiger was thought to frighten away evil spirits and instill strength into developing bodies and minds.  During the Japanese Edo period (1600 – 1848) papier-mache Harikonotora (bobble-head tiger dolls) were very popular with travelers on Japan’s famous and historic Tokaido highway.  This was especially true with traveling Daimyo (samurai lords) who believed the fierce tiger could travel one thousand ri (ancient Japanese unit of measure) with ease and that the spirit of the tiger captured in the doll could inspire his many retainers to do the same during their remaining journey on the Tokaido.

About the Listed Item

This wonderful vintage display statue (okimono) is less than 40 years old and in good condition with no chips or cracks though it does have some marks and scratches from handling.

Size:
Height: 3.7 inches (9.5 centimeters)
Length: 9.0 inches (23.0 centimeters)
Weight: 5.9 ounces (169 grams)

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item code: R2S2-003704
ship code: G3

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