Daikoku is one of the Shichi Fukujin, the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan, and symbolizes wealth, his attributes (all seen in this work) being bales of rice, on which he stands, a magic mallet that is said to produce anything desired when struck, and a sack of treasure. Himotoshi through the rice bale, which shows a flaming magic pearl (tama) on the front and reverse, one of which shows the signature RANTEI, who was a well-known netsuke master in Kyoto. Very well-carved details in this characterful work.
HEIGHT 5.2 CM
Condition: Very good condition
Provenance: British private collection