A relatively small netsuke of Hotei seated on the ground, bald and as always with a naked chest and belly. He is looking upwards at a piece of paper stuck to his forehead and is bringing his lips forward to blow the paper away, playing the game of kamifuki. A small karako is standing beside him pointing and pulling on one of the lucky god’s ears. An unusual and rare subject. Signature MINZAN, a pupil from the school of Tomochika, and small himotoshi on the underside.
HEIGHT 2.9 CM, WIDTH 3.5 CM
Condition: Very good condition
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman