Two of the lucky gods Daikoku and Ebisu carved in soft hinoki (cryptomeria) wood with some touches of color. Daikoku standing on two rice bales with his hammer and bag, Ebisu sitting with a carp under his arm and formerly with a fishing rod in his hand. They symbolize the deity of agriculture and rice (Daikoku) and the god of the ocean and of the fishermen (Ebisu). Also, they are considered to be father (Daikoku) and son (Ebisu). We find then often in kitchens in the function of kitchen gods. Very crisp carving. Signed at bottom of pedestals: Takamura Toun saku. Japan, late Edo period / early Meiji era.
H 6 ¼ in. (Ebisu), 6 in. (Daikoku).
Ebisu’s rod missing, tip of carp’s tail fin chipped.
Takamura Toun (1825-1879), Edo/Tokyo. He was a bakumatsu wood sculptor of Buddhist statues and mainly known for being Takamura Koun’s teacher. Apart from Buddhist sculpture he carved netsuke and okimono for the western market.