on a Boat
33.5 x 52.2 cm
Hotei on a Boat (2)
Hotei Watching Mouse Sumoo
Hotei with a Mallet
Hotei with mimikaki
Japanese traditionally clean the wax from the insides of their ears with a small bamboo hook or scoop, called a "mimi-kaki".
Hotei holding a Peach Seed 布袋
42 × 64.5 cm
Diptych: Hotei Playing Kickball
(detail) Ink on Paper, each 107.6 x 25.7 cm. Kikuan Collection
「恵比寿・大黒・布袋」 The Three Gods of Happiness: Ebisu, Daikoku, and Hotei
「恵比寿・大黒・布袋」 Ebisu, Daikoku, and Hotei
左：「弁財天・福禄寿・寿老人」 Benzaiten, Fukurokuju, and Jurōjin
右：「恵比寿・大黒・布袋」 Ebisu, Daikoku, and Hotei
Bag only, standing along with Hotei's staff, fan and edge of his robe as emblems of this Everyman figure.
To elucidate the latter picture, Hakuin wrote a haiku inside the bag:
a Shinto god? A Buddha?
– just a cloth bag