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Fukurojuku Netsuke Replica


Presented here is a replica of a likely antique Netsuke. Cast in a deep red plastic resin with a black wash. At a glance it is just a turtle looking up at you... when you pick him up to further examine you will discover that it's not a turtle at all but a man. The subject here is Fukurokuju.

In Japan, Fukurokuju (福禄寿) (from Japanese fuku, "happiness"; roku, "wealth"; and ju, "longevity") is one of the Seven Lucky Gods in Japanese mythology. It has been theorized that he is a Japanese assimilation of the Chinese Three Star Gods (Fulushou) embodied in one deity. Most related in appearance to the Chinese star god Shou, he is the God of wisdom and longevity. According to some, before attaining divinity, he was a Chinese hermit of the Song Dynasty and a reincarnation of the Taoist god Xuanwu. It is said that during his human incarnation, he was a sennin; a philosopher who could exist without eating food.
(From Wikipedia) (Photos by John Morey)