Re: Six mysterious objects (or not so mysterious?)


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Posted by John Fiorillo on October 01, 2002 at 08:59:10:

In Reply to: Six mysterious objects (or not so mysterious?) posted by Dave Bull on October 01, 2002 at 06:16:32:

Hi, Dave,

I believe the objects are all symbols of good fortune known as the 'takaramono' ("myriad treasures") associated with the 'Shichifukujin' (Seven gods of good fortune). The 'takaramono' are symbolic of long life and prosperity, and they may take various forms. Your particular examples appear to be as follows:

1) A scroll representing a cultured life or wisdom leading to good fortune
2) A raincoat ('kakuremino') of good fortune (or invisibility to evil)
3) A circle ('shippo') symbolic of seven treasures (gold, silver, crystal, coral, agate, pearl, and lapis lazuli); the four divisions of the circle represent a pun on 'shiho' (four directions, perhaps also suggesting a compass)
4) Two rhinoceros horn cups ('saikaku'), forms from nature for good fortune
5) A hat of invisibility ('kakuregasa'), again offering protection against harmful forces
6) A purse of inexhaustible riches ('kinchaku' or 'kinchaku fukuro')

John


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