SOMIN-SHORAI GOFU – Japanese folk wood carving talisman (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – Besides with the magic belief words of ‘*Somin Shorai’, symbolizes aggressive salesmanship of the people with the words of “millionaire”, “thriving business”, and with the picture of ‘Shichifukujin’ (Seven deities of Good Luck). Showa period, 20th century. Some small chips as seen. approx. H 24 cm (9.44in)
*Somin Shorai – A lucky charm (‘gofu’) based on a folk belief in Japan. In the belief, Somin Shorai was a poor but charitable person. He saved a tourist who was looking for a place to stay the night on his journey. The tourist was actually a famous god and rejected by a mean, rich person just before, so he thanked and taught Somin how to make a lucky charm which avoids disasters. Later, when a disaster hit the country, only Somin’s family was able to survive. Therefore, it is believed that a family which worships Somin Shorai charm avoids all kinds of disasters and thrives forever. (From Wikipedia)
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