samurais clothing

Muromachi period, (1336- 1573)NBTHK Hozon TōsoguMarugata: 7.1 x 7 cmThickness: 6 mmMaru mimiFour stylized monkey dollsMonkey dolls (saru-ningyo) are made of cloth, stuffed with cotton and in ancient times were sometimes sewn into the clothing of children, as monkeys were thought to ward off diseases. In modern times, they function more as general good-luck charms. 

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