© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
Katalognummer: AK0220-169
A VERY RARE 17TH CENTURY IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO CHINESE BOYS WITH HOTEI’S SACK
Unsigned
Japan, 17th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

This netsuke shows a popular theme, adopted from China, and used for some of the earliest Japanese netsuke which derived from Chinese toggles. Depicted are two Chinese boys, their facial expressions executed very much in the style of the Ming dynasty, dressed in Chinese robes and holding a fan together above a tied sack – an allusion to the lucky deity Hotei (in Chinese Budai).

HEIGHT 3.5 cm, LENGTH 4.6 cm

Condition: Worn condition, very appealing patina, age cracks and the fan is slightly chipped.
Provenance: Austrian private collection.

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