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horse shaped bell for Boy's Day
  • Japan
  • horse shaped bell for Boy's Day, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • plaster of Paris, paint, string, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 6.5 x 4 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 1/2 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0160

This small horse shaped bell is mostly unpainted and is identified as a figure for the Boy's Day festival. It has a gold stripe on its head, a gold saddle over the top of a red saddle blanket, and gold reins. A red and white braided cord is strung through the back of the horse's neck. The clapper inside is a loose plaster of Paris ball.

“Horse of the Gods” is written on one side and the name of the Shinto shrine where it was purchased (“Kamigamo”) is written on the other.