Description The Seven Gods of Good Fortune ("Shichifukujin") are a Japanese folk tradition that emerged from Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto beliefs. On the front, Daikoku, the god of wealth, appears that the upper right with bales of rice. Next to him is Jurôjin, the god of wisdom (or longevity). At the bottom is Bishamon, who is the god of warriors. On the left is Ebisu, the god of fishing (or daily food). On the reverse, the remaining three gods are shown on the left side. At the bottom is Fukurokuju, the god of longevity. In the middle is Benzaiten, the only female and the goddess of music. At the top is Hotei, the god of happiness and good health. Hotei's bag of treasures appears on the right. These gods also appear individually and in other groupings. Their spheres of influence are not fixed, and they sometimes appear with other traits.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Place] 長州萩住; [Transliteration] Choshu Hagi ju; [Translation] Residing in Hagi, Choshu province; [Signature] 河治友次作; [Transliteration] Kawaji Tomotsugu saku; [Translation] made by Kawaji Tomotsugu
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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