Japanese Antler Sagemono
Seven Lucky Gods
Signature: unsigned, 19th Century
H 7.5 in.(19cm), W 1.75 in.(4.5cm), D .75 in.(2cm)
Condition: minor imperfection
fine 19th century stag antler pipe case with a rich age patina ranging from cream
white to deep gold with black in the relief. Stag antler has no covering of keratin
as is found in true horns, thus the surface varies from the burnished amber-colored
carving to the pebbled edge that is pitted but worn smooth from handling. Along
the front of the case is a exquisite relief of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin).
The origins of these seven deities are derived from Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism
and Brahmanism. Which evidently confirmed the age old melting-pot culture in Japan.
The sagemono has a minor spongy antler fragmentation around the rim of the opening,
otherwise it is in very good condition.