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Diakoku – God of the Harvest

Posted on 12 April 2012

In Miami I bought this bronze of Daikoku who is the god of good harvest and farmers. He is usually depicted as a plump figure sitting on bales of rice (as here) carrying a miner’s hammer or a mallet to signify hard, honest toil. There are often rats around as well, trying to steal the crops which he is protecting. Daikoku’s mallet is a popular theme for netsuke or okimono in its own right, as shown by this silver and bronze koro (incense burner).

 

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