Here is a rare japanese pottery Sculpture of Seven Lucky Gods, perfectly made during the Meiji period in the late 19th. century.
Best antique condition with no chips. The bottom has some original natural surface cracks aka inborn kiln cracks, which occured during the firing in the kiln.
The Seven Gods of Fortune, commonly referred to in English as the Seven Lucky Gods, are the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese mythology and folklore. They are often the subject of netsuke carvings and other representations.
Many figures in Seven Lucky Gods were transmitted from India and China, including all of the Seven Lucky Gods except Ebisu. Daikoku-ten, derived from the Hindu god Shiva became intertwined with the local Shinto deity Ōkuninushi. Another god, Kichijōten, goddess of happiness, is sometimes found depicted along with the seven traditional gods, replacing Jurōjin, the reasoning being that Jurōjin and Fukurokuju were originally manifestations of the same Taoist deity, the Southern Star. However, as is often the case in folklore, Japanese gods sometimes represent different things in different places.
1. Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health
2. Jurōjin, god of long life
3. Fukurokuju, god of happiness, wealth and longevity
4. Bishamonten, god of warriors
5. Benzaiten (Benten-sama), goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music
6. Daikokuten (Daikoku), god of wealth, commerce and trade. Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired and represented as carvings or masks on the walls of small retail shops
7. Ebisu, god of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a sea bream
The seven gods are often depicted on their ship, the Takarabune, or "Treasure Ship." The tradition holds that the seven gods will arrive in town on the New Year and distribute fantastic gifts to worthy people. Children often receive red envelopes emblazoned with the Takarabune which contain gifts of money around the New Year. The Takarabune and its passengers are often depicted in art in varied locations, from the walls of museums to cuddly caricatures.
Size: 19cm height x 21cm width x 16cm depth.