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Tora Menuki (small) - M078
This made in Japan Menuki features a crouching tiger. The first appearance of the tiger in Japanese literature is in the Nihon Shoki (720) and tells the story of a Japanese ambassador in the Korean peninsula who had his child grabbed by a tiger. He pursued the tiger, slew it with his sword, and brought back its skin with him to Japan. Tigers not being indigenous to Japan, they mainly looked mysterious and "cool" to the Japanese over the centuries and it came to symbolize bravery and dignity. Because the tiger was thought to be especially protective of its young, lucky tiger goods were used to pray for the health and safety of children.
- Material: Blackened copper plated brass with gold gilding
Omote: 21 mm x 29 mm x 5 mm
Ura: 17 mm x 29 mm x 5 mm