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8M225-2 Garden Tanuki with a Baby

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Item#:
8M225-2
Material: Stone
Age: Showa 50 (1970)
H: 32.00 inches, W: 13.75 inches, D: 12.75 inches
Price: $1,200.00
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Product Description

This is a vintage Japanese Tanuki (Badger Dog) statue hand carved from solid granite stone date Showa 50 (1970) given as a gift of Ginkon Shiki, silver wedding anniversary. Shown wearing its hat for protection from the sun, it is carrying a sake bottle in its right hand and a creditor's ledger book in its left hand.

Known as a good luck symbol in Japan, these creatures are also known to be shape shifters.  Many funny antics and scenarios occur due to the predicaments that abound from their ability to change forms at will.

These statues which are typically made from pottery stand at the entrance of Japanese pubs or bars to greet the patrons as they enter and bid adieu when they leave.  They also act as a lucky charm by drawing in customers which leads to an increase in business sales.

Stone Tanuki statues are not often seen in Japan making this somewhat rare.