Hotei's Treasure Bag
DateLate 19th century
DimensionsWork : 24 3/4 x 22 x 22 in. (62.87 x 55.88 x 55.88 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelHotei 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.