Daikokuten, also known as one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, is a revered deity in Japan. It is said that upon arrival in Japan, the god came to be associated with the similar-sounding Daikoku-Myōjin, and thus became widely revered in popular belief. Historically known as a god of abundance and prosperity, particularly in relation to food and wealth, today Daikokuten is commonly depicted holding a small mallet in his right hand and a large sack in his left, sitting atop a pile of rice bales, and is widely worshiped by many people.
The Kirikane (截金 or 切金) technique has been used for this statue. This tehcnique is a traditional Japanese decorative technique used for Buddhist statues. It uses gold leaf, silver leaf, or platinum leaf cut into lines, diamonds, and triangles, resulting in a both delicate and splendid appearance of the Buddhist statue.