Antique Ivory Netsuke - SEVEN GODS of GOOD FORTUNE
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7 Gods of Good Fortune
These exquisitely carved okimono depict the 7 Lucky Gods. This is one of the finest sets of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune available today. A stunning addition to any serious netsuke collection. The Seven Gods of Luck play an important part in Japanese life considered benevolent friends and their effigies adorn most homes. is a brief synopsis of each of them:
The only female amongst The Seven Gods of Luck, she is an example of the Japanese way to syncretize their popular gods. She is the Hindu goddess Sarasvati whom Buddhism had adopted in modified form and as such she is the patroness of literature, music, and love. On the other hand, Shinto associates her with the realm of the sea by proclaiming her a daugher of Ryujin, the Dragon King, and her sanctuaries are on islands or near seashores.
He is one of the four kings who in Brahminism are the guardians of the corners of the world. Passing through Buddhism, he becomes one of... read more