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Ebisu riding a wagon shaped like a tai fish
  • Japan
  • Ebisu riding a wagon shaped like a tai fish, circa 1800, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 342 x 229 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 7/16 x 9 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 342 x 229 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 7/16 x 9 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7653
Description

The god of fortune Ebisu seated on large tai fish. He holds a fan with the words Medetai or 'auspicious'. Two kerakao boys (fecundity) push float of fish (which is also auspicious). Ebisu holds his ubiquitous fishing pole, from which is suspended a gold coin (wealth) and double fish (happiness in marriage).