In Japanese mythology and folk tales, there're the Seven Gods of Fortunes. The Benten-sama is the only female god from the Seven Lucky Gods.
Benten-sama is the symbol of knowledge, art, beauty and especially music. She is holding a pipa guitar.
Each doll is hand painted and have unique characteristics.
- Approximate measurements: 2" W x 3 3/4" H
- Weight: 1.6 oz
- Material: clay
- Care instruction: to clean, gently wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
- Do not hand wash or get wet.
Clay dolls from Amakusa city in Kumamoto prefecture. Shimoura-benten-kai has started in 2013 as a group to support local businesses and traditional techniques to create the dolls. This small town in Amakusa used to be a well known place for clay dolls and has more than 300 years of history. Unfortunately most craftsman have retired but recently a few number of women have volunteered to learn the techniques to create dolls and carry on the tradition.