Japanese Carved Netsuke
Signature: Sukeyoshi, Circa: late 19th Century
in "Netsuke" by NK Davey #2772
1.5 in.(4cm), W 1.5in.(4cm), D 0.75in.(2cm)
smiling Otafuku, whose name literally means "Many Good Fortune". She
is believed to be the Goddess of Luck and the woman who would bring much happiness
to a marriage. The netsuke belong to the Tokyo school in the late 19th century.
As recorded by Neil Davey, the formal kenji signature "Sukeyoshi" is a known mask
netsuke carver. His conceptual insight into the persona of the goddess, arranged
along with the pronounced wood grains in an effectively compact composition. With
the marvelous natural formations this is an inspiring netsuke of
playfulness and creative mastery.