Old Ivory Hotei, God of Happiness, Ojimi, Serpent Ojimi, Mammoth Ivory Dragon, Bone Necklace

Approx 19" long


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Hotei, one of the seven sacred gods, is the god of happiness, fortune and contentment. He is a jolly fellow who carries around his bag of treasures for those who believe in his virtues. He is the patron of children and fortunetellers. Hotei was a real person who died in 916 AD, a priest who looked like a rogue, wandering from place to place, sleeping out in the open even in the coldest of winters. There is a legend that if several strangers get together on New Year's Eve and all ask Hotei for a gift and believe in him that their wish will be granted, however only if they all ask for the same gift. The serpent is symbolic of woman. Those born during year of the snake are meditative and attractive people who attain their goals. The dragon is the imperial emblem of the Emperors from the Han period, the coat of arms being two dragons contesting the fiery pearl. The dragon is symbolic of power, strength, wisdom and goodness and represents the utmost in attainment: good luck & success in life. It is also believed to be the guardian of hidden treasures and represents the spirit of growth & change.