Very much like Santa’s JUROJIN Ivory netsuke

Meiji period (1868–1912)

Signed: Bisho(美正)

asakusaTokyo) school


Heavy 21g

Bottom signed inlaid lacquered red lacquer.

Extremely good condition.

One of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, usually is shown with the deer and the crane. carries a gnarled staff in his right hand and a gourd  peculiar headdress usually associated with him. The signature inside a redlacquered cartouche美正(Bisho),Rare and well polished, carved ivory netsuke.

Seven Lucky Gods are seven deities that are Jurojin, Ebisu, Hotei, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Daikokuten and Fukurokuju. It is said if you worship all seven deities, you will be blessed with seven happiness and prevent seven misfortunes.

Provenance: French private collection(Gift of Mrs Russell Sage, 1910).

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