This awe-inspiring mammoth ivory carving of the Japanese deity, Fukurokuju signifies happiness, longevity and wealth. Thus, an auspicious deity in Japanese mythology that originates from the Three Star Gods of the Chinese pantheon. The mysticism and significance of all the 3 Chinese Gods is assimilated in Fukurokuju.
Look at the flowing white beard, the smiling demur and the wise eyes. See the extruding forehead, signifying intelligence. Notice how the Master Carver has been able to showcase his skills with the delicate hand painting and the fine etchings on the sculpture. Carving solid yet fragile mammoth ivory is a difficult task. Notice the patterns on the edge of his robe, the staff that he holds and the peaches in his other hand. Turn it over and at the back, intricate hand painting covers the complete back. Look at the round motifs with intricate geometric patterns inside it, the tendrils and the bamboo shoots over the head covering, the mix of the floral patterns with geometric patterns have been done in extreme details.
See the folds of the dress, the fall of the loose ends, large sleeves that fall carefully as he holds his hand to clench the staff. See how the peaches have been colored peach and signify purity and faithfulness. See the sash over the kimono like robe that is worn by Fukurokuju. It has its own original hand paintings and patterns in red. The figurine carved with pure mammoth ivory stands on a custom crafted wooden stand with four legs, adding stability to the sculpture.
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Height: 13.5 Cm/5.31 Inch, Width: 6 Cm/2.36 Inch, Length: 3.5 Cm/1.37 Inch