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Top-quality, 19th C., Wooden Japanese Otafuku/Okame Netsuke Mask (Mennetsuke)…

A Hangyoku (Young Geisha) holding a Kumade or "Lucky Charm Rake", which are sometimes styled to resemble cypress-slat fans, as here. The Otafuku mask or “Goddess of Mirth” is generally attached to help rake in happiness and prosperity. Kumade are sold at Tori-no-Ichi Festivals that are held in November, throughout Japan. The largest of the Tori-no-Ichi Festivals are in Tokyo.

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IVORY NETSUKE ~ 19th Century ~ By Meizan. Depicting Hotei with an okame mask entertaining a small child. Signed.

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