Monkey is the ninth symbol in the 12-year cycle of Japanese zodiac sign. Monkey is good luck symbol, element of metal. Monkeys were believed to be the wise of mountains and messengers of God. This sign represents “cleverness” and “curiosity”.
Clay bells started of as toys for children, but since the Meiji period, they came to be a well-loved souvenir for traveling families and groups of ladies. You find them in the local souvenir shops and at most temples and shrines throughout Japan.
Their different types vary from area to area, from maker to maker, and certainly from different tastes within the changing periods of Japanese history. A lot of the clay bells come from the Kyoto area, but there are also some splendid ones from the various provinces of Japan.
Height: approx. 7.5 cm
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