Japanese Ivory vase & cover - The Gods of Good Fortune. c. 1900. Meiji Period


A fine & exceptionally large Japanese Ivory vase & cover, c. 1900. Meiji Period. The body of the vase is exquisitely carved with a representation of The Seven Gods of Good Fortune, in an extensive river landscape, beneath pine trees, with children. Guanyin, Bishamon & Fukuroju look on as the children assist Daikoku & Ebisu with a boat of fish. Whilst Jurojin & Hotei observe as children play with terrapins. All against a backdrop of Mount Fuji, intricately carved buildings & bridges. The ivory being deeply undercut.
The ivory cover is again, deeply carved with the various attributes of the Gods. Daikokus Mallet forming the finial, being further enhanced by two rats, with inlaid eyes - a further reference to abundance and good fortune.

Medium: Ivory

Signed/Inscribed: Isshō ( Isshō-sai Kōkoku ) carved signature in a square reserve to the side of the vase.

Height:  26.50 cm, 10.43"
Width:  16.50 cm, 6.50"
Depth:  14.30 cm, 5.63"

Condition: Some very minor age cracks, commensurate with the age of the ivory. In perfect condition. No damage or restoration.

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