All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1119872 (stock #MOR3070)
A tiny mingei image of the god of fortune Hotei carved from what appears to my untrained eye to be bone, possibly Stag-horn. He squats, grinning up at the sky, his ubiquitous sack voluminous behind. Through the back and down through the bottom is bored a hole for the string. The figure is 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) tall and likely dates from the 19th century (Late Edo to Meiji). These are not modern reproductions, but genuine antique Japanese Netsuke coming from Kyoto.