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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Ebisu (Protector of Fishermen), c. 18th - 19th c
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
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Jean Ames' Estate
Accession Number: 86.6.1

Ebisu holds a sea bream, a traditional Japanese symbol of good luck, and is believed to be a protector of fishermen and sailors. Although he wears an imperial courtier's hat, he is dressed in a commoner's garment. Ebisu is thought to bring commercial success to merchants and to help children; he is one of the most popular of the "Seven Goods of Good Fortune." A small image like this is often found in Japanese kitchens.
- Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

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

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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