figure (communication artefact)

Painted clay statue of the goddess Inari riding on a fox. The figure wears a yellow tunic with red patterning, with a green border at the edges of the front of the garment where they cross over at the chest. There is a hint of an undergarment beneath this. The figure has a rather bulbous stomach, with a waist band over the top of it. The trousers are loose, brown, with a circular motif on each knee and further patterning in red. Protruding beneath these are green under-trousers with gold bands of patterning. The shoes are patterned in red. Over the upper garment is a sleeveless purple robe, through which red sleeves appear at the shoulder aperture. These are wide and slightly bunched.

The figure itself has staring eyes to indicate power, looking straight forward, and shoulder length black hair. The headdress is a circular gold band over a red segmented cover for the crown of her head. The hair is tied in a three-part topknot. The face and hands are painted light brown to indicate the foreign origin of the being. The red cheeks and lips as are normal for a deity. The left hand may have held a flag; the right hand holds reins. Rings are indicated on the smallest fingers of both hands. The right hand of the deity may once upon a time have held a pole of some description.

The fox is cream in colour with an erect, bushy tail and front feet poised as if to leap forward. It has a dragon ball in its mouth, a symbol of its power.

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