Votive plaques from Japan
Gallery 2

September 19 - November 6, 2013


Ema are small wooden votive plaques on which Japanese Shinto worshippers inscribe their wishes or prayers. Often depicting figures, animals, or parts of the body, they are hung at shrines where, it is believed, the gods receive them. The more common wishes are for better health, children, success at work, and marital happiness.

This exhibition includes rare examples that are old or antique; they have been selected and lent by Stephen Szczepanek, to whom the Gallery expresses its warm thanks and appreciation.