19th Century Japanese Wood Netsuke – Hotei, Signed (Nagamichi) Shuzan19th century excellently hand-carved Japanese wood netsuke depicting Hotei, one of the Seven Godd of Good Fortune, standing while holding his Bag of Treasures with his left hand, an a fan with his right hand. Shuzan has made this netsuke in imitation of hollow ceramic figurines. Excellent form, expression and bright colors, trademarks of Nagamichi Shuzan. It is signed Shuzan in an irregular reserve on the back of his bag of treasures
Netsuke measures 1.34 inches (3.4cm) wide, and 1.88 inches (4.8cm) tall. This exquisite miniature sculpture is in excellent, as may be seen in the posted photos.
NOTE: A Reference to (Nagamichi) Shuzan and his signature may be found on page 1015 of George Lazarnick's Netsuke and Inro Artists and How to Read their Signatures, 1982