Published: Illustrated in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), page 25
Hotei is one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan, the Shichi Fukujin. This work shows him smiling happily as always, with a bald head and a naked protruding belly, in this case held in place by a belt. Hotei is holding a hand fan and is seated on a Chinese chair with back and arm rests and decorated with peony blossoms as well as a shishi mask on the back. Himotoshi outlined with chrysanthemums on the underside, with the signature CHIKUSAI in between.
HEIGHT 3.9 CM
Condition: Good condition
Provenance: British private collection, formerly in the Michael Tomkinson collection (noted in MCI)