This is a very high quality mammoth ivory carving netsuke A Seven Gods of Fortune.
This netsuke is carved out of genuine pure Mammoth ivory!
Look at the perfect curves and clean workmanship.
This netsuke is made of 100% genuine Mammoth Ivory Tusk. The extinct woolly Mammoth roamed the earth before 10,000-40,000 years ago. Today we can found Mammoth ivory tusk in the arctic regions like Siberia in Russia.
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Who Are Seven Lucky Gods ?
The Seven Gods of Fortune, commonly referred to in English as the Seven Lucky Gods, refer to the seven gods of good fortune in the Shint? religion, Japanese mythology, and folklore. They are often the subject of netsuke carvings and other representations.
Each has a traditional attribute:
Ebisu, god of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a cod or sea bass.
Daikokuten (Daikoku), god of wealth, commerce and trade.
Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired and represented as carvings or masks on the walls of small retail shops.
Bishamonten, god of warriors.
Benzaiten (Benten-sama), goddess of knowledge, art and beauty,especially Music.
Fukurokuju, god of happiness, wealth and longevity.
Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health.
Jur?jin (Gama), god of longevity.
From left to right: Ebisu,Jurojin, Fukurokuju,Hotei,Bishamonten,Benzaiten, Daikokuten .
Many Japanese “gods” were transmitted from India to China, and from China to Japan, including the seven (shichi) gods listed above. Another god, Kichij?ten, goddess of happiness, is sometimes found depicted along with the seven traditional gods, replacing Jur?jin. The reasoning being that Jur?jin and Fukurokuju are originally manifestation of the same Taoist deity, the Southern Star. However, as is often the case in folklore, Japanese Gods sometimes represent different things in different places.
The seven gods are often depicted on their ship the Takarabune or “Treasure Ship.” The tradition holds that the seven gods will arrive in town on the New Year and distribute fantastic gifts to worthy people. Children often receive red envelopes emblazoned with the Takarabune which contain gifts of money around the New Year. The Takarabune and its passengers are often depicted in art in varied locations from the walls of museums to cuddly caricatures.
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