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inu hariko (dog) figure
  • Japan
  • inu hariko (dog) figure, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • papier-mâché, paint, string, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 3 x 1.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 1/8 x 9/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0164

A small papier mache dog with short legs, round body and no tail. He is decorated with a dark blue painted bib with white dots and a red outline, and his back is decorated with a dark blue patch, outlined in red with eight white dots containing smaller, light blue or red dots and gold lines. He has a large black dot on each leg, has a red string tied around the neck, and a small metal loop attached to its back.

This figure is identified as a good luck figure.