Late nineteenth century ivory netsuke showing The Seven Gods of Good Fortune.

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A fine late nineteenth century ivory netsuke showing the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.

This fascinating and profusely carved netsuke was produced in Japan in the late nineteenth century during the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912). It shows the Shichi Fukujin, or Seven Gods of Good Fortune. They are Hotei, Jurojin, Fukurokuju, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Daikoku and Ebisu. In representations of Japanese Mythology they are often shown aboard the Takarabune, or treasure ship, but here, very unusually they are shown in a forest, sheltered by the branches of a huge tree. This structural form would suggest a netsuke produced for use rather than as a decorative object which is unusual at this period. The oval base of the netsuke is also carved with a rural landscape and dwellings.

   This fine hand carved late nineteenth century ivory netsuke stands 4.4 cm high, is 4.2 cm wide and 2.7 cm deep. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.