This is a contemporary, excellently carved polychrome netsuke depicting a standing Goddess Benzaiten, also know as Benten, the only female member of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, who is known as the Water Goddess, and Patroness of Music, Poetry and Learning. She is holding a Chrysanthemum flower on her right hand. Intricate detail and vivid colors characterize this wonderful miniature sculpture carved by Akihiro Zusuki, a netsuke artist currently living in Hokkaido, Japan. He is known for making extremely original designs using classical elements, such as this unique version of the Seven Gods of Fortune. Signed Akihiro on an oval reserve in the bottom of the netsuke. It measures 0.88 inches (2.2cm) wide, and 2.00 inches (5.1cm) tall. Netsuke is in outstanding condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.