|Title:||JAPANESE EARTHENWARE HOTEI SET|
|Size:||10.50" x 9.00" x 5.00"|
Japanese press molded earthenware figures of Hotei (literally "linen bag"), the god of happiness and prosperity. Hotei with his characteristic large earlobes and large belly is a symbol of wisdom. His treasure bag is resting at his feet. Hotei originating in China as a historical Buddhist priest of the 10th century named Keishi who was called Putai no San (Mr. Linen Bag) because of the sack he carried. Earthenware figures such as this were commonly placed on a kamidana ("god shelf") in a kitchen as an auspicious figure believed to bring good food and cheer to the houshold. These must have been displayed together as evidenced from the even coating of smoke soot and patina. Early 20th century.
Large: 10.5" high x 9" wide x 5" deep
Medium: 9.5" high x 9" wide x 5" deep
Small: 7.5" high x 6" wide x 4" deep
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