This Nogomi figurine depicts a priestess (miko) in ceremonial dress. Once considered oracular figures, able to give voice to the kami, today they perform various functions in the daily life of temples. For their original function of intermediary with the kami, their figurines are given as gifts to allow those who receive them to contact the kami to fulfill their wishes. In 1945, at the end of the war, Teruji Suzuta, celebrated textile artist, father of the living national treasure Shigeto Suzuta, began to create Nogomi figurines, referring to the tradition of the Kashima area, in Saga prefecture. He started selling them inside the Yutoku Inari Shrine as an amulet and good luck charm and they have since become a symbol of Saga prefecture. Being handmade, they are all slightly different and some imperfections are possible.