A tiny yet precious figurine of Osaki, depicting Ebisu, Japanese god of fishermen, good luck and merchants as well as guardian of small children’s health. Ebisu is also one of the Seven Fortune Gods and is one of Japan's most revered deities for his connection to the sea. The smiling face of the god is golden as it is the color of good luck par excellence.
He is often represented with Daikoku, god of wealth, of the family - in particular of the kitchen - and of the five cereals, also one of the Seven Deities of Fortune, even because tradition has it that when Ebisu oversees the plenary meeting of all eight million divinities (kami) of Shintoism, Daikoku guards all temples temporarily left unguarded. They are so popular that together they are also considered the tutelary kami of shopkeepers. It is handcrafted by Masahiro Takayanagi, the only craftsman who carries on the tradition of Osaki figurines, one of the symbols of Saga Prefecture, in whose area they have been produced since the 13th century, when the Mongol invaders who settled permanently in Japan were used to use the scraps of pottery to make whistles and figurines, as was the tradition in Mongolia. Being handmade, they are all slightly different and some imperfections are possible.