The tiger (Tora), which governs the third sign of the Chinese zodiac, is believed to possess robust vitality and energy, as expressed in the proverb "千里往って千里還る" (traveling a thousand miles and returning safely). With its golden fur, the tiger is considered an auspicious animal associated with good fortune, including financial prosperity.
Our product is a zodiac ornament intricately carved in the form of the tiger, known as the king of the feline family, embodying both awe and good luck. The carving is done in the likeness of Fudo Myoo, a deity with immense merit in warding off misfortune. Its substantial size adds to its artistic appeal, making it a captivating piece. We received the blessings of a purification and fortune-invoking Goma prayer at the Mikamo Fudo Temple, known for its devoted following as a temple for prayers from the Manyoshu.
The original sculpture is the work of the artist Goh Sakai, active under the art unit "Hotokeya Sakai." Renowned for his popular "Neko Butsu" series, where he carves Buddha statues in the adorable form of cats, along with various other unique Buddhist sculptures created through his distinctive artistic expression. This zodiac ornament, adorned with auspicious colors typical of Buddhist sculptures, reflects the artist's unique style, combining cuteness with strength. Please display it with the hope for a year full of happiness.