Japan, early 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Carved from a hollow branch of antler, the feet inset and the top plugged, depicting a sennin stroking his beard and holding a hyotan (double gourd) next to his face. The gourd is often associated with Chokaro Sennin, however several sennin are portrayed with hyotan, which contain the elixir of life. The stag antler of a stunning caramel-brown color, a prime example of the unique patina stag antler can develop. Functional and generously excavated himotoshi through the back.
HEIGHT 7 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear and natural age cracks.
Provenance: German private collection, acquired in Japan c. 1980.
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