Posted 11 months ago
Shown are five of the seven Japanese Good Fortune or Lucky Gods. On the left are Fukurokuju, Bishamon the warrior, and Jurojin. On the right are Hotei, the most popular of the seven, and Ebisu, god of fishermen with his sea bass. Jovial Hotei is a kind of Santa Claus, his sack filled with toys and gifts. They are all hollow cast porcelain, with a closed base, range in height from seven to eight and a half inches and weigh from one and a half to three pounds. All carry generic Kutani marks. They date from late Meiji era, just a little over a hundred years old. They are finished as moriage, a process that ‘iced’ much of the decoration as you would a cake. The result is raised decoration and tiny jewels dispersed throughout.