This necklace features a 16" 24k gold or rhodium plated chain with a 26x16mm vintage Billiken charm attached.
These rare handmade 3 dimensional glass Billiken charms were made in occupied Japan for the American costume jewelry market.
Billiken is based on the Japanese ‘Piriken or Pilliken’ of Osaka. It is someone who has a box of money offerings in front of him. Those who offer a coin to him will have their wish granted if they kiss his feet or rub his belly.
Billiken means "the god of things as they ought to be “.
Half of Japan's export products between 1945 and 1952 had to be marked: made in occupied Japan.