one of the Seven Gods of Wealth, he is also called Hiruko, the only one of the
Shichifukujin with a native Shinto origin, and is worshipped as a patron saint
of seafaring, fishing and the provider of daily sustenance for honest labor.
evoked in this impeccably cast and lacquered bronze finished with gold and silver,
Ebisu is seen here standing above a large boulder with a fishing pole in his right
hand, and a large red cod under his left arm. Beautifully sculpted with portrait-quality
facial features, engraving and sumi for the fine hairlines, with a countenance
of wisdom and benevolence, his lacquered burgundy skin tone lending a pleasing
contrast to the broad areas of gilded silver, which is embellished with a gold
gilded 3-leaves kamon on the front. Due to its age, the gilded silver appears
with splatters of oxidation. Evidently the quality of artistry is the best preservation
for this Meiji okimono, through which the God of Wealth is ever retaining its
joyous expression of grace and charms.