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Ema

Votive plaques from Japan

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.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Anna Boghiguian
Period of Change

The Douglas Hyde is proud to present the first solo exhibition in Ireland by renowned artist Anna Boghiguian, titled Period of Change. Widely considered one of the most interesting contemporary artists of our time, Boghiguian is a close observer of the human condition, proposing a unique and diverse interpretation of contemporary life. She draws equally […]

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