Japanese Ebisu Coin Bank True Folk Art

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Japanese Ebisu Coin Bank True Folk Art
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This rare folk art from Japan is a wall-hanging type coin bank. A shape of Ebisu-god (one of the Seven Gods of Fortune or Seven Lucky Gods), who are considered the god of fishermen, luck, and workingmen, is centered in a "three dimensional manner." The Ebisu face painting/prints is precisely attached to the shape of the wood, which creates a very unique and humorous appearance. On the backing piece, there is a sumi-ink writing: 'Hard work brings happiness. ' There is a coin slot on the top of the Ebisu head as you see in the image. (There are few coins inside.) Ca. Early to mid 1900s. Dimensions: 4.5 wide 1.5" thick 9.5" tall

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