Longevity God Jurojin, one of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune. He is wearing
the robes of a scholar, a Shinto style headdress, holding a water jug, gently
leaning forward petting a white crane. This is an
exceptionally realistic representation of the Star God on a netsuke; note that
the expressive and sharply observed facial features, the continuous flow of curves
artfully conjuring a lively naturalistic pose,
and on his back two identical
kanji character "Zhu"
(long-life) have been meticulously scrimshawed
Highly polished to a
sheen, the netsuke is tea-stained in gold hue, with the bleached white hair and
crane that accentuated the elegance in its overall design. Clearly the netsuke
was treasured by its former owners; thus it remains in superb condition with no
defect of any kind.
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