Japanese DAIKOKU-sama kawara (smoked clay, wood burning kiln) ridge end ROOF TILE. Daikoku is the folk god who makes all things possible with his magic hammer and his sack over his shoulder (usually standing on two large rice bags) represents wealth. This tile from the southwest corner of Shikoku Island were first made by the Chinese 2,500 years ago and introduced into Japan in the 7th century for the Buddhist temple roofs in Nara & Kyoto. The kawara tiles are waterproof, fire resistant, resilient to strong winds with a very long life span & heavy! This sculpture of Daikoku is certainly Edo era circa 1800. A detailed condition report is available upon request.
There are cracks and weathering (as to be expected) not suitable for outdoor use, but the structure of the tile is sound. Dimensions: Height is 12 inches or 31 cm, Width is 11.75 inches or 30.5 cm and depth is 7 inches or 18 cm. Weight is 20.5 lbs.