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Lot 354: INLAID SHAKUDO KOZUKA WITH THE GOD OF LUCK HOTEI RESTING
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Shakudo, some gilding. Japan, 19th century
Popular God of luck Hotei, carved in katakiri and kebori and shown with his head resting on his sack while he is holding a fan. Hotei, originated from China (about 900) and was a prophetic monk who is said to be an incarnation of the Buddha Maitreya.
LENGTH 9,7 CM
From the collection of Dr. Karl Florenz (1865-1939)
Dr. Karl Florenz was a renowned scholar, university professor and considered a pioneer of German Japanese studies. He resided in Japan from 1888 until the beginning of the First World War and then continued his lectures at the Hamburg Colonial Institute, never returning to Japan again. Famed for having translated several important Japanese books including the Nihongi, Japan’s oldest official history text, he was awarded the Japanese doctor title in literature. His extensive collection was largely destroyed by air strikes in the Second World War (which he himself did not live to witness), however, most tsuba etc. survived in relatively good condition. Dr. Florenz primarily collected tsubas dating to the 18th cent. and quite evidently made an effort to explore a wide range of motifs.