Artist: Sekino Jun'ichirō (関野準一郎)

Print: Straw horse (わら馬) set against a background with a hō-ō or phoenix decoration

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Dates: created,circa 1960
Dimensions: 10.625 in,13.875 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

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The god of rice fields rides a straw horse (made of rice stalks). At harvest time in early August, hanging a straw horse from a persimmon tree embodies a prayer that "fruit will grow."

-- Ryosuke Saito 'Japanese doll toy dictionary' ( Tokyo Dome publication 217)
-- Ryosuke Saito "Regional Toy Dictionary" (Section 158 of Tokyo-dori Publishing)