Fushimi figurine (Fushimi ningyo), figure of Hotei

Artist: Fushimi Koemon
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Earthenware with cold pigments and soot
Fushimi ware
H x W x D: 15.5 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm (6 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto, Fushimi
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Figure: Hotei

earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Fushimi ware, Hotei, Japan

To 1899
S. Eida, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from S. Eida in 1899 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 253, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

S. Eida (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Every region of Japan once produced distinctive clay "toys" -- actually votive images closely tied to folk belief and popular religion. Fushimi "dolls" were produced in the neighborhood of the Fushimi Inari shrine in southeast Kyoto and sold to the throngs of pilgrims. Together with the plump maiden Otafuku, the Chinese folk deity Hotei (Pu-tai) was a perennial favorite. This mold-formed image is soot-blackened after years of being worshipped on a shrine in a household kitchen.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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