This Nogomi figurine represents an ox, one of the signs of the zodiac, who carries the legendary cintāmaṇi, the jewel that fulfills any desire in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The buffalo represents the achievement of prosperity through fortitude and hard work and is the sign of the leaders. In addition to being a figurine, it is also a terracotta bell, to be shaken to invoke good 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.