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takarabune and shichifukujin (ship with seven gods of good fortune)
  • Japan
  • takarabune and shichifukujin (ship with seven gods of good fortune), late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, paint, string, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 x 5.5 x 2 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 3/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0165
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

A sculpture of half of a ship, identified as the Takarabune or "Treasure ship," with a sail as the background, holding seven figures, identified as the shichifukujin, or Seven Lucky Gods." The mast is black with gold painted lines, the sail is light tan with a red character, silver and gold lines. The hull is red, with gold and black decoration and silver wave patterns. An orange and white twisted string loop is attached at the mast and spans the sail ending with a tassel on either side. The figures are stylized, with mostly round bodies and round heads with small painted facial features.