On One Foot
Bikazu, Circa: early 20th Century
1.5 in.(4.5cm), w. 1 in.(2.5cm), d. 1.25 in.(3cm)
humane and loveable rendition of the benevolent god of happiness, laughter, wisdom
and contentment. As he takes one foot forward, on his back he carries a huge treasure
bag that contains precious gifts of good fortune, and in his right-hand he holds
the uchiwa, a flat fan that signifies authority and wish granting. His full plump
face has subtle stubble, his exposed chest has a small patch of hair, and his
brow is slightly furrowed. The material of his kimono is defined by a subtle crosshatch.
His ears are plump and elongated as befits one who is considered a bodhisattva.
The signature of the unrecorded artist is artfully rendered in a raised red coral