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Daikoku Antique Netsuke Late 19th century Meiji Era

Daikoku Antique Netsuke Late 19th century Meiji Era

Daikoku Antique Netsuke Late 19th century Meiji Era

Regular price $350.00

Late 19th century Netsuke of  Daikoku with mallet, and two rats. Well carved and expertly modeled. Antique ivory. Signed. Old  age cracks, but no losses. Please see  photos for details. Purchased at I.M. Chait auction, Beverly Hills California 10/11/1998 Lot #N20.
1 3/8” tall.

Daikoku, in Japanese mythology, one of the Shichi-fuku-jin (Seven Gods of Luck); the god of wealth and guardian of farmers. He is depicted in legend and art as stout, carrying a wish-granting mallet in his right hand, and sometimes a bag of precious things slung over his back, and sitting on two rice bags. Rats are sometimes shown nibbling at the rice, further emphasizing the theme of prosperity.

 *Note*  this item is a restricted trade item and antique that meets the requirements of CITES documentation.

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