Large Meiji Period Daikoku Jizaikazi (Japanese Kettle Hook)
Late 19th/early 20th century
16 1/2″ high x 12 3/4″ wide x 9 1/2″ deep
A jizaikagi is the hook from which an iron kettle for making tea is suspended, and is found in the heart of the home above the irori or sunken hearth where a family gathers and guests are welcomed.
This is a fantastic example of the traditional form representing Daikoku, or the god of wealth and guardian of farmers. It is artfully carved from a solid block of Keyaki wood with beautiful grain.
It brings to a Western interior the quality of modern sculpture.