Exceptional large ivory and boxwood sculpture with mother of pearl applications. Okimono depicting Daikokuten, God of five cereals, one of the seven sages of good luck that represents health.
Unusual and curious the representation of Daikoku who in this group is portrayed with his classic hammer, smiling and amused that seems to be the referee, almost in the act of blessing the fight between the two oni in front of him, unaware that the winner will be able to take the pearl necklace he holds around his neck. Ivory and boxwood with the help of shiny mother of pearl manage to convey lightness, highlighting the expressions of the faces, muscles and clothes, giving us the exact harmony of a great work.
This Okimono is wonderful, it would enrich and increase the importance of every collection both Italian and worldwide.
Period: Meiji late 19th century
Conservation status: Excellent