Tuesday, December 29, 2009
According to the Encyclopedia Mythica, on New Years' eve, the treasure ship, the Takara-Bune, will sail into port with the Shichi Fukujin on board. Objects associated with the voyage of these deities occur in many types of collections, and the above image is one of many available at the Wikimedia Commons.
The Hull Museums also have a very informative article, Takarabune and Seven Lucky Gods of Japan, accompanying beautiful, detailed images of their carved group.
Another beautiful image available online is the Bolton Museums and Archive Service's netsuke boat.
Happy New Year!