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hyotan gourd motives

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hyootan 瓢箪 Hyotan gourd art motives

. . . in ancient China, when gourds served the purpose of carrying water on long embarkments. In addition to simply water, medicine was also stored in the gourds; this is where the image of it as a “symbol of health, vitality and immortality ” was derived.


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mubyootan 六瓢箪 "six gourds", a pun with mubyoo 無病 "no illness"
and thus a specially auspicious symbol.

. 瓢箪、鯰とだるま - The Gourd, the Catfish and Daruma .





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. hariko 張子 papermachee dolls .



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. kokeshi こけし wooden dolls .



straps in form of kokeshi

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. tsuchi ningyoo 土人形 tsuchiningyo clay dolls .




Dog holding a gourd - Toyama clay doll とやま土人形

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. dorei どれい / 土鈴 clay bells .



神奈川県の相模土鈴、千成瓢箪土鈴, Kanagawa, Sagami Dorei
made by Aizawa Tadahiro 相沢伊寛(ただひろ)
source : http://nino-art.at.webry.info

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. maneki neko, manekineko 招き猫 beckoning cat .



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source : www.fukumitsuya.com/mubyousokusai
gourd tokkuri sake flask for good luck with maneki neko


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. ema 絵馬 votive tablets .


from Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto 豊国神社 Toyokuni Jinja

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. temari 手まり、手毬 hand ball, round decoration ball .





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. tsurushibina つるし雛 / 吊るし雛 small hanging hina dolls .





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. hina matsuri  雛祭り Doll Festival .


source : blog.goo.ne.jp/hyoutan_2006

from Chikusei, Ibaraki 筑西雛祭り




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. hashioki, hashi oke 箸置け chopstick rest .



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More art motives



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- source and photos : michikusa tetyou.blog74.fc2.com

O-mamori amulet in form of a hyotan gourd  ひょうたん形のお守り
If you look into the small opening, you see the image of Fudo Myo-O .


. Nissekiji Ooiwasan 大岩山日石寺 Oiwasan, Nisseki-Ji .


These kinds of omamori are quite common, showing the various main deities and Buddhas of the sanctuary.

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ひょうたん形のお守り amulets in form of a gourd



from Nogi Jinja 乃木神社 Tokyo




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