A figurally well-crafted depiction of a Rakan – an enlightened Buddhist – seated on a wide rock. The head is expressive in an appealing manner, the almost naked torso shows ribs and a swollen belly. The Rakan is holding a hyotan containing the elixir of life in one hand. Large himotoshi through the rock. The signature is remarkable, with an elephant (zo) and the character Koku, hence ZOKOKU. This signature with the animal is known and documented.
HEIGHT 4.8 CM
Condition: Minor age cracks and wear, the ink from of one of the pupils is worn off - generally, in good condition
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman