Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
Japanese pair of shrine figures depicting two Lucky Gods, Ebisu and Daikoku. On the left is Ebisu, a popular god of business prosperity and abundant crops as well as the patron of fishermen. Carved from wood, he stands with a fish under one arm and a smile on his face. On the right is Daikoku, who represents prosperity and is the protector of crops. He is the patron of cooks, farmers and bankers. Carved from wood, he stands on bales of grain with a big bag slung over his shoulder. Ebisu and Daikoku are often seen together and probably once occupied a special shelf in a family's kitchen. Years of cooking soot resulting in a beautiful dark patina.

Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 7" high each
item #1434058