An amusing, early ivory netsuke of triangular shape when viewed from the top, characteristically flattened in the reverse. Depicted is a jolly bare-chested Hotei, standing with his treasure bag draped over his shoulder, his belly typically protruding from his robe. Himotoshi and beautiful glistening yellow-orange patina to the reverse.
HEIGHT 7.2 cm
Condition: Age cracks, expected wear, beautiful patina. Good, complete condition.
Provenance: French private collection, old collection number ‘3.218’.