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1910s netsuke DAIKOKU mallet rat by GYOKUZAN

1910s netsuke DAIKOKU mallet rat by GYOKUZAN


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1920: Item # 1327795
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Late Meiji - early Taisho netsuke of Daikoku seated next to his mallet, and a rat climbing onto his shoulder. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - that of abundance and of rice - and the rats are associated with him - where there is a lot of rice, there are rats. Very nicely carved, great smiling face, black ink highlights, beautifully depicted textile patterns, pleasant patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 433. Height 1 9/16 inches.