Here is a very beautiful statue of Ebisu (恵比寿), whose coloring and design were carefully done in freehand one stroke at a time wholly using paints and natural mineral pigments. Enjoy the world of Ms. Chihiro Takamura (篁千礼), who draws upon the school of Denchu Hiragushi, who greatly revived colored wood sculpturing from ancient Japan.
Ebisu used to be deified as either Hiruko (蛭子), a child born to Izanagi-no-Mikoto (伊邪那岐命) and Izanami-no-Mikoto (伊邪那美命), or Kotoshironushi (事代主神), the son of Okuninushi (大国主神). In ancient times, Ebisu was a god of fishing who brought about a good catch and happiness. With the times, Ebisu became a god who, as a god of good fortune, brought about a thriving business and a bumper crop. Among the Seven Gods of Fortune, Ebisu is the only one who originated in Japan.