The tip of the stick represents a tongue, which ‘speaks’ the prayer as it is dipped in sake (rice wine). The droplets are then deposited on the venerated object. The carvings on the sticks identify the ancestral lineage of the owner.
Collected by Neil Gordon Munro and donated by him in 1909.
Purchased for the Museum in 1900.
Purchased for the Museum by Basil Hall Chamberlain in 1892.
Accession numbers: 1909.15.3, 1900.76.12, 1900.78.62 and 1892.56.25, respectively