The marebito of Japanese folklore were itinerant deities in human guise who brought blessings and good fortune to villagers, who would in turn show them hospitality.
“The sculpture, being slit two thirds of the way up, very delicately for such mass, appears from one perspective to be a standing or striding figure. One may see why the artists, in looking for a title, thought of the wandering deities of Japanese folklore” (D.G. Jones 2006).
244 x 186 x 105 cm
Private collection, England