Hotei Okimono


Signed Ivory Okimono with God of Luck Hotei, Meiji
Ivory, carved out of a single piece.Accents in black staining Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Height: 10 cm

This  Japanese single-piece ivory okimono carving shows Hotei, the Japanese god of contentment and bliss. He is one of the seven Japanese Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin), mostly represented, as is the case here, as a monk with large belly.