Stag antler manju
Asakusa, circa 1860
A stag antler manju in the shape of a 12-petalled chrysanthemum, a broken inkstick with a design of an archaic rain dragon and a brush resting across the stylised bloom, The allusion here is to the legend of Kikujido, who appears in a Noh verse as a boy who never grows old. He was given a Lotus Sutra by the Emperor and passed his days copying it onto the petals of a Chrysanthemum. The dew that formed on these petals became an elixir of life. These emblems together represent a wish for immortality.