May 12, 2017

Dog-shaped Box

Tanakaya Doll Shop, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D40 Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8
田中彌(京都市下京区四条通柳馬場東入る)

During the Heian era (平安時代) dog-shaped boxes called inubako (犬函) were used by the nobility as a charm to ease childbirth. This figure eventually became very popular during the Edo period (江戸時代) in the form of inu hariko (犬張子, papier-mache dogs). These talismans were used to protect infants and small children.

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