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ox carrying boxes of money
  • Japan
  • ox carrying boxes of money, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, cloth, ribbon, paint, ink, string, dyeing, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 8 x 7 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0139

A wooden figure of an ox that has a moveable head held onto the body with glue and a piece of string. It is painted gold with red and white stripes on its muzzle and neck. There is a black streak on the head and tips of the ears. The tail is painted black and red. It is wearing a saddle blanket of red felt with blue and gold cloth over the top that is edged with a red and white cord. There are orange and white ribbons on the front of the blanket. Two wooden blocks representing boxes of money are tied onto the ox's back. The characters on the boxes read "1000 gold" and represent good fortune.