A Japanese Oribe glazed pottery okimono or ornament of Fukurokuju of the Seven Lucky Gods or Shichifukujin 七福神 in Japanese..This updated post is a correction to the initial post where I inadvertently posted him as his buddy Jurojin with whom he is often confused, and it is said they often inhabit the same body! An unusual find in Oribe pottery, we do not get to see many okimono or ornaments by Oribe. It was made at least 30 years ago.
Fukurokuju is the God of Wealth, Happiness, Longevity. These are said and written in Japanese as Fuku 福 = Wealth, Roku 禄 = Happiness, and Ju 寿 = Longevity This Fukurokuju is very happy and has a great expression on his face. His stance is good, his arms appropriately inside the sleeves of his kimono, and holding a scroll, just one of Fukurokuju's 'objects'. He is handmade and formed into his nice stout body. His head, hair, and beard are made with great detail, all which are either unglazed and look beautiful as the natural clay of Oribe. His robe and bottom are glazed in nice thick Oribe green with purposefully done uneven tones.
The piece is in very nice condition and has no cracks or chip. The bottom back has a few very small scrapes on his robe, the front bottom looks like a bubble burst in the glaze but is small and occurred in the kiln so is not considered a 'fault' but rather a part of the item. It is signed by the potter, but we do not know the name. Hopefully, we can one day find the kiln and maker of this piece. A wonderfully large and heavy Oribe pottery statue of a Japanese deity who promises to bring us wealth and longevity! It would make a great gift or for a little good luck to one's self.
SIZE: Height: 8” or 20.32 cm, Width: 5” or 12.7 cm, Depth: 4.5" or 11.43 cm
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