Stone embedded in a root and lacquer
Japan, Edo-Meiji period, 19th century
H.: 40 cm
In Japan Jurōjin is the kami of longevity. He originated in China in the form of the deity Shouxing who also represents longevity. He is often depicted as an old man with a white beard, sometimes accompanied by a crane, a 1500 years old deer or a turtle, other symbols of long life. He carries a staff and a roll of sacred sutras which contains the wisdom of the world and tells the life span of every human being. Jurōjin is often confused with Fukurokuju, as these two deities sometimes share the same body.