The god Hotei, seated on a high Japanese drum decorated with peonies and chrysanthemums painted in overglaze red, green, turquoise, purple and gold enamels, and openwork patterns of mallow leaves. Dressed in a large green cloak decorated with floral foliage which largely reveals his belly, in his back a large bag on which are perched children and dogs, and holding a fan in the right hand. The round, chubby face with distended ears lobes animated by a laughing expression and a broad smile. Hotei is the most popular of the seven Gods of Good Fortune (Shichi Fukujin). This deity with Taoist origin is considered by the Buddhists as an incarnation of the boddhisattva Maitreya (Miroku bosatsu). In Japanese popular culture, it is called Putai no San, literally "Mr Cloth Sack".
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