19th Century Japanese Netsuke
Buddha and Boy
Signature: Unsigned. Circa:
early 19th Century
2 in.(5cm), w. 1.25 in.(3cm), d. 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: usage worn, o.a. good
beautifully aged elephant ivory tip netsuke, depicting Hotei and a small child.
One of the seven lucky gods. Hotei is known as the god of abundance, contentment,
and good health.He is portrayed with his characteristic rounded belly, shaved
head, smile, and large sack; said to contain precious items like rice plants (indicating
wealth), sweets, food, and the woes of the world. To his left a child clings,
as Hotei is also known for his love of children, and is often portrayed playing
with them. The piece is unsigned, typical of early 19th century netsuke. It's
multi-colored hues are indicative of the marvelous qualities ivory acquires over
time. In excellent condition.
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