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Daikoku-ten is one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. He is associated with plentiful food and drink and bountiful harvests. Though usually dressed in hunting garb, here he has doffed the upper part of his robe, exposing a large pot belly. The magical mallet that he holds above his head spews forth treasures when it is shaken. The curious object in the lower left corner represents a wish-granting jewel. It appears as though he has pulled up the hem of his robe to step towards the jewel. Could it be that he intends to smash it?
The exquisite combination of light and dark ink creates a wonderful visual pattern, and the artist’s light-hearted, playful portrayal of the subject fills the painting with charm.
Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi, New York, New York; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2000.