Daitoku

DATE:
Early 18th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Wood, thin black lacquer
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
On base: 16 × 11 1/2 × 11 in. (40.64 × 29.21 × 27.94 cm) figure: 13 3/4 × 8 1/2 × 10 3/4 in. (34.93 × 21.59 × 27.31 cm) rice bundles: 3 1/2 × 10 × 9 in. (8.89 × 25.4 × 22.86 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
Arts of Asia - Japan, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Cecil and Ida Green Acquisition Fund
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
2016.59.2.A-B

General Description

Daitoku is the Japanese god of wealth and prosperity. As he helps people produce crops, he is represented standing on two large bags of rice. For this same reason of embodying abundance, he is shown as healthily plump. The mallet he carries on his shoulder can make anyone he strikes it with very rich. Well-to-do families in Japan would have this kind of figure in the kitchen to protect the family members and ensure plenty of food for the household.

Excerpt from

  • Anne Bromberg, Label text, 2016.