Japanese Ivory Netsuke Hotei
Drinking w. Karako
Signature: Shunzan, circa: early 19th Century Recorded
artist in "NETSUKE" by NK Davey, #2618 H 1.2 in.(3cm.),
W 1.5 in.(4cm), D 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: usage worn, o.a. good
Sold To Private Collection
with his plump round belly and benign joyful countenance is the Japanese god of
good luck and fortune: Ask him a wish and he will grant your desire. In China
he is known as Budai, the “Happy Buddha”. This 19th century netsuke depicts the
god in a relaxed pose, belly exposed with a sacred fan (an uchiwa) in his hand.
Hotei is often depicted surrounded by children and this ivory is no exception:
there is a beaming child at his side. Both Hotei and the child wear beautifully
detailed kimonos; dashes of fine filigree embellish the robes. Hotei’s belly is
exceptionally plump and weathered. The detail continues to the bottom of the feet.
This netsuke is signed Shunzan and is recorded in the "Netsuke by NK Davey
as an early 19th century carver. A delightful rendition from the period. (SD)
is specializing in temple and family worshipped Buddhist arts. We guarantee all
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