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Shop sign for shrine implements, Japan, Edo period

Shop sign for shrine implements, Japan, Edo period


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Kanban with the inscription Inari taiji goyo (great Inari shrine, your order). The sign may refer to a shop at the shrine grounds, selling things to be offered at the shrine or souvenirs, or to a shop that specifically make devotional objects to the order of this particular Inari shrine. Attached to a black patinated wooden board are a bell and rope and two small objects, covered in gold brocade. Forged iron handle at top.
Measurements: height at left 38 ½ in., height at right 38 ¼ in.; width at top 12 3/16 in., width at bottom 11 3/8 in.
Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Some worm damage, metal part of left ornament missing, otherwise good condition.