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A Japanese Stained-wood Netsuke of Hotei's Treasure Sack - 19th Century
An inventive stained-wood netsuke carved as Hotei’s treasure sack. The god-of-fortune’s sack conceals an image of the lucky god, himself, playing Go, the consummate game of strategy, with a karako, one of his favorite subjects. This remarkable sculpture creates in its small space an entire world – a place for serious thought, quietude and companionship between two congenial beings. Carnelian ojime. Diameter, 1.5". 19th century.