The lucky god Hotei is seated, pot-bellied, with a shiny bald head and typically large earlobes, indicating his enlightenment. His robe is finely carved with accentuated garment folds and he has one hand rested on his knee, with the other flat on the ground supporting himself, visible on the underside. The decorations on his robe are worn, but still visible and finely executed. Hotei has a quite amusing expression – it looks as if he was struggling to smile and his minutely carved teeth are visible. Beautiful honey patina, wear consistent with age and coherent large himotoshi through the under- and backside.
HEIGHT 4.5 cm
Condition: Very good condition with beautiful patina, coherent wear and expected age cracks.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.