This Nogomi figurine represents a golden monkey,
astride a cow: the reference is an episode from the epic of Son Goku, the legendary Monkey King, in his golden armor given to him by the Dragon King, who, after long battles, is defeated by the Buddha (here in the form of a cow) and from the latter forced to learn humility, calm and tranquility, before being in turn elevated to a Buddha, after further adventures. 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.