Hotei's Treasure Bag


Artist
Japanese (Japanese)
Date
Late 19th century
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Work : 24 3/4 x 22 x 22 in. (62.87 x 55.88 x 55.88 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.248

Label
Hotei is one of the seven gods of good fortune in traditional Japanese popular culture. He is often portrayed as a fat, cheerful Buddhist monk carrying a large cloth bag from which he dispenses gifts to those in need. This sculpture of Hotei’s treasure bag was probably made for display in a garden or other public place where people could touch it or place offerings in it to receive Hotei’s blessing.

Object Type
Metal