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AB 1101 a

Folk Toys and Games

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What is it?
Toy Dogs
What is it made of?
Plaster/Paint/Papier-mâché
Where is it from?
Japan
When was it made?
pre-1953
Object ID
AB 1101 a
Description

This folk art figurine features two dogs. The bodies are made from papier-mâché. The large dog is an inuhariko; it is painted white with black spots and wears a fabric vest that has been glued on. The inuhariko also has a red fabric collar tied around its neck. The other dog is significantly smaller, painted white with light brown spotting and a yellow thread collar. This dog looks more realistic than the larger one, which has very stylized features. Both dogs are mounted on a balsa wood platform base covered in green silk, which in turn sits on top of another wooden platform. The dogs are joined to the platform by wooden pegs.

Inuhariko are papier-mâché toy dogs that function as Shinto amulets, given at a wedding or as a baby gift to ward off bad luck.  

Credit
Donated by Miss Edith McDowell, October 1953
AB 1101 a Toy Dogs