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Chinese Carved Ivory of Daikoku w Wealth Motifs

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Chinese Carved Ivory of Daikoku w Wealth Motifs
The Art and Orchid Gallery's Chinese carving is of the frequently depicted Japanese character associated with Japan's resources or wealth.[191A] Of course, he has a Chinese counterpart known as 'Ta-Shen Wang'. Since the 8th Century Daikoku has been depicted with a mallet or 'hammer of chaos' in his right hand; it is an emblem of the working miner and signifies the mineral wealth of Japan. In his left hand is a bag of jewels uncovered from deep in Japan. Finally, Daikoku stands on two rice bales which signifies Japan's bountiful crops.[191A] On our carving, the clothing, mallet and jewel sack are finely painted and incised; then painted with many different types of diaper patterns. Some of the diapers are known as triangle diaper, waves, rice in coin, and flower in tortoise.[42B, 159C] The close up photos show the minutely detailed , finely executed lavish hand painted decorations. On the bottom of the rice bales in contrasting red is the name 'Shan Ch'uan', where the carving, incising and painting was accomplished in minute detail.[32D, 73E] The carving is in excellent condition and passes the ivory test for: hot needle; insolubility in acetone and hardness of 6 on Mohs scale.[33F] It was probably crafted in the mid-20th Century. References available upon request. Size: ~ 5" H x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"; Weight: ~ 297 grams;

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