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Japanese Fukusuke "good fortune man" 1860-80

Japanese Fukusuke "good fortune man" 1860-80


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1232002

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Japanese FUKUSUKE, or "good0fortune-man" is a small smiling man dressed iin kami-shimo always bowing in invitation to customers to enter,and is often found prominently displayed in shops, restaurants or small hotels. He holds a fan, a symbol of prosperity, and is usually seated. Among a group of 5 or 6 symbolic figures used interchangeably, Fuku-san is the only one about whose origin and development is a complete mystery! Although some say it was started in the Edo era. This Fuku-san is probably late Edo to early Meiji, circa 1860-1880. Condition is overall good but there is a slight loss of color above the left eyebrow and right cheek. Height is 8.5 inches or 22 cm and the width is 10 inches or 25 cm.