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Japanese Textiles and Folk Art
Tsuchi-Ningyo Clay Doll Hotei Seven Lucky Gods
This Hotei, one of the Seven Happy Gods in Japan, shows a cheerful expression and a large belly and he is symbolized as fulfillment and happiness. The word, Hotei, itself means a cloth bag, which he often carries, indicates that he possesses an endless amount of treasure to offer to needy. This particular Hotei has lost most of paint on the surface, except the bottom robe and some facial areas yet the energy you receive from him is just as same as the brand new one, gentle and constant. No prepair. Condition as is.
Ca. Early to mid 1900s. 4"w 2.5"d 6.5"h