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DETAILS OF ITEMThis piece measures 4.5 inches high by 7 inches wide at the widest point. Ema, which means a picture of a horse in Japanese, was originally that, a wooden board with a painted picture of a horse. People wrote their wishes and prayers on the Ema and presented it to the shrine or the temple. Although in the beginning people presented actual horses when they made a wish, over the years people came to present pictures of horses instead. Today, Ema with other motifs are often used to make wishes as well. It depicts a bamboo snake folk toy and a good luck clay bell. Each joint of the snake is articulated so that the toy moves side ways realistically. And for the bell, from ancient times people believed the clear sound of bells has a talismanic power. The inscription reads "Prayer for good luck" and the label on the clay bell reads "good luck clay bell." The inscription on the back of the piece reads "Naritasan (Mt. Narita) Nagoya Betsuin (branch temple), Prayers" and the name of the temple is Daishoji temple located in Inuyama of Aichi Prefecture. This is a relatively new temple founded in 1953, as the branch temple of the Shinshoji temple of Narita in Chiba Prefecture of Japan. As Shinshoji temple, Daishoji is also affiliated with the Shingo Chizan set of Buddhism. The condition is good and its age is from the 1990's, sometime in the Year of the Snake. PLEASE VISIT MY EBAY STORE BY CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE TO EASILY BROWSE BY CATEGORY ALL OF THE OTHER JAPANESE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES THAT ARE UP FOR AUCTION THIS WEEK. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, PLEASE BOOKMARK OUR AUCTIONS TO EASILY FIND US. THANKS FOR VIEWING THIS AUCTION. A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES: If you have any questions concerning this or other items we have up for auction, please don't hesitate to email me for an answer. We will do our best to email you a reply within one day. It is best to get your questions in early since we may not be available to respond to you within minutes or hours of the auction end. Of course, we will try to reply if it is possible. For all of those who wish to combine items, please email me to let me know of your intent and I will email you confirming this. This allows us to keep your winning items aside until you are ready to finalize your purchases. Items can only be combined for a two week period starting with the earliest winning item marking the beginning of the period. California residents will be charged a sales tax of 8.75% unless a valid California resale card is on file with us. Paypal allows for fast shipping. Thanks for looking and best of luck with your bid!
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