A Tokyo School ivory figure of Gama sennin By Hokufu, Meiji Period
Lot 306Y
A Tokyo School ivory figure of Gama sennin By Hokufu, Meiji Period
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A Tokyo School ivory figure of Gama sennin By Hokufu, Meiji Period A Tokyo School ivory figure of Gama sennin By Hokufu, Meiji Period A Tokyo School ivory figure of Gama sennin By Hokufu, Meiji Period A Tokyo School ivory figure of Gama sennin By Hokufu, Meiji Period
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Tokyo School ivory okimono from the Estate of an English collector
(Lots 306-321)
A Tokyo School ivory figure of Gama sennin
By Hokufu, Meiji Period
The benign sage traditionally depicted as a beggarly old man accompanied by a toad, finely carved wearing a mugwort cloak around his shoulders and a mugwort apron around his waist, affectionately supporting his pet toad over his right shoulder, one barefoot resting over the back of another toad crouched on the ground, signed Hokufu, with separate wood stand.
31.5cm (12 3/8in) high. (2).

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  • 象牙彫置物 蝦蟇仙人 北風作 明治時代

    Gama sennin (Chinese: Liu Hai) was one of the three Daoist Immortals, who were also known as 'shape shifters', travelling through time and the elements, obeying the Dao universal laws, not human laws. Gama sennin was known to be a Master of inner alchemy, and is sometimes included with the Eight Immortals of Dao. His toad was considered a spirit animal, which many Immortals had as companions, representing longevity and wealth.

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