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Hotei-son is said to be the incarnation of the Buddhist deity Maitreya Bodhisattva, due to his exceptional powers of clairvoyance, and is the only deity among the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune believed to have been a real person, namely a monk who lived during China's Tang Dynasty (618–907 A.D.). Hotei-son is worshipped widely as a god of good fortune and matrimonial happiness, able to bestow the gift of children, as well as riches, status and prosperity. This fountain pen depicts him among the Chinese mountains, with a happy smile and a pot belly, carrying a large bag on his shoulder. This kannin–bukuro, or patience bag, is said to contain the many treasures and blessings he bestows on others.
As with all of Namiki's Seven Gods of Good Fortune fountain pens, Ebisu is crafted in Togidashi-Taka Maki-e (Burnished-Raised Maki-e) and comes in a bespoke wooden presentation box containing a limited edition bottled ink, a box of matching ink cartridges, and a leather pen holder. The lid of the box features as a laser engraving of Mt.Fuji and a treasure ship carrying the goods of good fortune.
For those who missed the 100th Anniversary Set released in 2018, the option to buy all seven pens, with matching numbers, in the Commemorative Collection is available and includes a Pawlownia wood box to safely store them. The price is $33,600. If you are interested, please contact Larry or Michael Dromgoole as these sets are only available for as long as the individual pens have not already sold.
Nib Size: Medium
Please note this item is currently pre-order only. Product will not ship until March 15, 2019.
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