This is a Kimekomi doll that was handcrafted by Koikko Matsuzaki (松崎幸一光), a traditional craftsman that makes Edo Kimekomi dolls. It is a cute, healing doll with calming colors. It is perfect for display as a guardian deity for your home.
Koikko Matsuzaki strives to create products that are eternally captivating. His work is characterized by restrained tones, creative shapes, and ancient Japanese beauty combined with cuteness. Kimekomi dolls are made by carving grooves in the wooden body, embedding cloth into these grooves, and dressing the doll therewith. The name "Kimekomi" comes from the narrow grooves carved into the borders around the their clothes, where the cloth is snugly fit ("kimekomi" in Japanese).
Daikokuten originated in India, where the deity was the Mahakala god of destruction, war, and wealth. Due to its great ability to gather treasures, the deity gradually became an object of devotion for wealthy merchants across the region, thus becoming the god of wealth. When it was brought to Japan, it became a god of good fortune, gained a gentle appearance, and gained an association with Okuninushi no Mikoto (大国主命), a god of Japanese mythology famous for bringing bountiful harvests.
The Uchide-no-Kozuchi (magic hammer) held by Daikokuten signifies the earth, from which rice and countless other crops spring forth. They say the more it hits with the hammer, the more treasures appear. It is also said that the deity's bag holds unlimited happiness within it. Together with the hammer, it symbolizes everlasting family treasures and good prosperity.