This is a sweet little bronze okimono of Daikoku - also known as Daikokuten. The casting measures 4" high and is 3" wide by 3 1/3" deep. The condition is excellent and the patina is quite nice. We date it to the late Meiji to early Taisho period, circa 1890 - 1920.
Daikokuten is the god of wealth and prosperity. He also is associated with plenty as he is the giver of cereals, pulses and a friend of farmers. The God of Five Cereals. Also known as Mahakala in Sanskrit Daikokuten has his origin in India. He wears a hood and holds a big bag filled with treasures on his left shoulder. In his right hand, he holds a lucky mallet. Often Daikokuten and Ebisu are together and adorn the walls of shops and merchant establishments. Symbol of prosperity, wealth and abundance is welcomed by one and all and Japanese are no different from others.