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figures (ritual & belief: representations)

Bronze figure, okimono, of Hotei carrying aloft a fan in his right hand being pulled inside his own sack by a child, another child on a lid which fits in a small aperture at the top. This child is holding a drum(?) and may have also held a stick (now missing). Decorative gilt inlay motifs on exterior including a representation of pots on a three-legged stand symbolising fire, a lucky symbol and ot…