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Japanese bronze sculpture of Daikoku’s mallet


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1920: Item # 692121

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Ca. early 1900s

Heavy bronze mallet is cast with a stylized floral motif framed by a key fret design in a rectangular panel wrapping partially around the barrel-form mallet head. The mallet faces are both inlaid with copper and niello (copper, silver, sulphur alloy). The handle is inlaid with niello and incised with the artist’s signature reading “Kozan saku” (made by Kozan). The hole in the base of the handle was for a decorative silk cord, now missing. The mallet head is silvered overall except for the frame of the floral design which shows bronze. The narrow sides of the handle are silvered. The silver has worn off in some areas exposing the bronze base. There are areas of wear and some minor scratches and light tarnish. Rather heavy at five pounds.

Sculptures of Daikoku’s mallet were displayed in homes as a wish for prosperity particularly at New Year’s. Daikoku was one of Japan’s seven lucky gods, usually depicted sitting atop two rice bales holding his distinctive mallet. Daikoku is revered as a household protector of farmers and their land. His mallet alone is often displayed as the representative symbol for all his attributes.

Size of mallet head: 7 7/8 in. by 4 ¼ in. by 3 ¾ in.