5. Ishigami Fukurokuju

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Fukurokuju okimono
Stone embedded in a root and lacquer
Japan, Edo-Meiji period, 19th century
H.: 8 cm

Fukurokuju is one of the Seven Gods of Happiness (Shichi Fukujin) in Shinto mythology. His godly qualities appear in his name: “fuku” means happiness, “roku” wealth and “ju” longevity. The iconography represents him in the guise of an old, bald and bearded man, with an elongated skull and hunched over a cane. He is often accompanied by a crane (tsuru) and confused with Jurōjin.

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