This Nogomi figurine represents the legendary Cintāmaṇi, the jewel that fulfills any desire in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The Cintāmaṇi gem occurs in countless objects and places in Japanese Buddhism, from the top of the stupas to the decorations of the giboshi bridges that give access to the shrines, as they are associated with the blessing of those close to them, the clear understanding of the Dharma and for keeping bad luck and ghosts at bay. The shape recalls that of the legendary peach which is the symbolic fruit of immortality and healing (known from the myths and legends of the ancient chronicles of Japan), surrounded by a sacred flame. 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.
Japanese art in its simplest and most essential form, to enrich your home with a precious detail.
7 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm