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Shichifukujin

Posted on 25 April 2012

So let's wrap up those gods.  They are a very popular subject in Japanese art - both in fine art and in objects.  When they are shown together they are known as the Shichifukujin. Equally often they are found afloat in a ship called the Takarabune or Treasure ship. On this Satsuma vase (sold)  the seven of them are painted right around the vase  - on this side we have Fukurokuju (high head), Jurojin (folded hat), Bishamonten looking very benign with his helmet in his lap and an enchanting portrait of Hotei leaning back on his enormous sack keeping two boys enthralled with his dancing puppet.

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