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Japanese Wooden Ebisu (Protector of Fishermen)

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Wooden Ebisu (Protector of Fishermen), 19th c.
Wood
11 3/4 in. x 7 in. x 5 1/2 in. (29.85 cm x 17.78 cm x 13.97 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Carving
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Jean Ames' Estate
Accession Number: 86.6.1


Marks
There is tape which reads "For Scripps" on the bottom of the piece.

Medium
Carved wood with black paint and gilding on the base.

Object Description
The figure of Ebisu, God of Good Fortune and Fishermen, is one of the Seven Lucky Gods native to Japan. This jovial figure is seated on a rough wooden base holding a large fish under his left arm. The figure has large earlobes that symbolize wisdom, and wears a pointed hat. He sits in a position of ease on jagged rocks carved out of wood.

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