6 JAPANESE Gods jade BIG figural charm
The Japanese people appear bewitched by the number seven -- much like the rest of the world thus it being the lucky NUMBER SEVEN In Japanese folklore, there are seven treasures and seven deities of good luck. The Seven gods of Luck are from Chinese Taoism. Not much from the Taoist tradition entered Japan as much of it was similar to the Shinto already practiced but these gods are sometimes found displayed in business and homes: 1) Benten - goddess of music, arts, beauty and fertility (identified with Ryugu Otohime - Shinto Princess of the Dragon Palace - sea); 2) Hotei - the fat, laughing god of happiness; 3) Jurojin - the god of longevity; 4) Fukurokujin - the dwarf god of wisdom; 5) Bishamon - the armor clad god of religious zeal; 6) Daitoku - the generous god of wealth and 7) Ebisu - the god of honest labor. They are often depicted traveling on the Takarabune (Treasure ship). This bracelet has the 6 Gods and it also has real jade teapots. The charms are up to 1 ï¿½" long. The Heart is the only real carved Ivory. The bracelet is 7" long. What a neat old piece that has quite a bit of good Karma with it. I believe this is gold filled.