earthenware, colored pigments
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Hozan, late 19th century (Meiji period)
Satsuma vase by Hozan, late 19th century (Meiji period), Height: 6 inches (15.2 cm). The enamels and burnished gold on the earthenware ceramic vase depict karako playing with takaramono (Treasures of the Gods of Good Fortune). Shown are the hat of invisibility, skirt of flight, sprigs of coral, coins, fundo, choji (clove), key to the treasurehouse, the magic mallet of Daikoku (God of Wealth), and tama (wish-fulfilling jewel of Buddhism). One karako holds a pennant with the artist Kozan's name on it. The borders feature classic textile patterns with other Signs of Good Fortune, such as shippo ("seven treasures") and seigaiha (waves of boundless luck).
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