A child in Chinese clothes (Karako) is climbing on the longevity god’s exaggeratedly large head, whilst another tries to climb up on him pulling on the deities beard. He is holding a scroll in his left hand and has a charming expression. The ivory bears a good colour and patina and Fukurokuju’s beard is very well carved. Himotoshi and signature on the back SHOZAN.
HEIGHT 8.2 CM
Condition: Excellent condition
Provenance: Collection of Sam Felton with CITES permit no. 18US59513C/9
Literature: Compare to a similar model by Shozan of Fukurokuju with three Karako in ‘Netsuke & Inro Artists and how to read their signatures’ by George Lazarnick, 1981, page 984.