19c Japanese BROOCH Jurojin with deer by netsuke carver KICHU
Listed Price $150.00
Rather unusual late Meiji (1890s to 1910s) Japanese brooch carved as seated Jurojin (one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune, usually associated with longevity) with a fan in his hand and leaning on a resting shika (spotted deer and one of Jurojin’s familiars, the other two being a turtle and a crane). Beautiful crisp carving, superb quality staining with different colors, excellent patina. Wonderful face, superb depiction of various textures, fastener on the back marked SILVER. Signed on the back - appears to read KICHU (alternative reading is Shukutada) - I believe it to be made by a netsuke carver. Height 1 5/8 inches.
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