EARED WHITE SNAKE OKIMONO (Dealer: hotoke) – Auspicious sacred vintage Japanese wood carving okimono of “eared” white snake coiling hoju (precious stone) up as a lovely and very rare type hardly seen. So, or perhaps would be a unique imaginary creature (as god) composed of inari-fox head or wolf head or deer head?? and white snake body (with hoju) as the luckier sacred trinity than the usual zodiacal type composed of just white snake and hoju (potent for prosperous business)…? Sign of its maker, ‘Ryukei’ at the bottom. Some paint-peeling due to age and use as seen. Showa period, 20th century. approx. H 11.3cm (4.44in), 11 x 9.6cm (4.33 x 3.77in)



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