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Model of a cock on a drum (kankodori) 1929

Silver, party gilded, copper | 41.0 x 19.5 x 19.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 17722

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Japanese legend tells of a ruler who placed a drum at his gate to be sounded in the event of an attack or civic dispute. However, prolonged peace meant the drum fell into disuse, and birds began to live on it. The symbol of harmony between nations has been enhanced by engravings of cherry blossoms for Japan and roses for Britain.