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Antique Japanese Netsuke
Fukurokuju
Company with Goat

Netsuke Signature: Tomomitsu, Mid 19th Century
Recorded in: 1) "Netsuke" by Neil K. Davey, #2991
2) "The Netsuke handbook of Ueda Reikichi", #1209
3) " The Signature Book " by George Lazarnick, pg. 395

h. 1.4 in.(3.4cm.), w. 1.6 in.(4cm.), d. 1 in.(2.5cm.)
Condition: Excellent


This small yet intimate portraiture of the God of Longevity, cheerfully smiling with goat-teeth, holding a staff with scroll, and accompanied by a goat-- the eighth symbolic animal of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches, which stands for the retired life; perhaps an indication of the sweet sentiment of the carver at his golden years. Based on the integrity of this amazingly spirited work, Tomomitsu is clearly a note worthy master carver, and rightfully deserved the comparison often associated with the work of the famed Tomochika.

Fukurokuju Netsuke
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Fukurokujo was introduced to Japan from China in the 15th century. There is a misconception that he is a representation of Lao-tze (Roshi). Though undoubtedly his demeanor may look Daoist to some, the name "Fukurokuju" is actually a combination of three Chinese characters, "Fu", "Lu", and "Shu" which represent three Chinese Star Gods of Good Fortune. In addition, the identity of Fukurokujo is also mixed with that of Jurojin, who often looks so much like him that they are almost indistinguishable.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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