Outstanding Japanese Legal Ivory from the Meji period.
JUROJIN – bearded holding a double gourd(first from the left)
God of Longevity. Jurojin is often identified with Fukurokuju. In some traditions, the two are said to inhabit the same body.
Fukurokuju – holding a staff and fruit with a crane in front(First from the right)
God of Wisdom, Wealth, Longevity. The bearded Fukurokuju has an unusually high forehead, and is typically holding a cane with sutra scroll (Jp. = hebi) attached to it. Often associated with or confused with Jur?jin (see below) — the two are said to inhabit the same body.
Hotei – holding a rat & his wondering bag(In the middle)
Hotei is known as the Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha in the West. Hotei is the fat God of Abundance, contentment and happiness.
Each god if polychrome painted and each bearing the same two character mark to underside, tallest is 3.25″ H.
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