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  • Description

    Netsuke. Daikoku and Hotei wrestling. Made of ivory.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • Late 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6.9 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The Seven Gods of Good Fortune, Shichifukujin, are probably the best known among the many characters of Buddhist origin who were adopted in Japan and became a popular subject for netsuke.
    Throughout the Edo period (1615-1868), festivals were frequently held at shrines all over Japan, in which sumo wrestling competitions were dedicated together with prayers to the gods for plentiful grain harvests. This type of netsuke may have been commissioned by a merchant as a talisman. (Tsuchiya, 2015)


  • Bibliography

    • Barker & Smith 1976 336 bibliographic details
    • Tsuchiya 2014 pp.68-69 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 February 2006

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Remove visible mould. Assess object for further work and advise on re-strorage.


    The object has suffered from being stored in an high RH% environment. Many objects in the store have developed mould on the surface. this object had visible mould growth on the surface.

    Treatment details

    This object has been cleaned with a vacuum and a soft brush. The object has been assessed for further necessary work.

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Netsuke. Hotei and Daikoku as Sumo wrestlers. Made of ivory.

Netsuke. Hotei and Daikoku as Sumo wrestlers. Made of ivory.

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