Subject:Re: Origin of Japanese porcelain doll head and print translation
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Nov 04, 2018
I'll leave your woodblock print to others, but the ceramic doll is Fukusukesan, a Japanese minor deity , who is shown in his entirety, as a kneeling samauri, not just his head. I read somewhere a mention of him often being seen on display in Japanese retail establishments as a good luck symbol. The link will take you to Wikipedia.org for a thumbnail sketch of his other attributes.
Also shown below is an image of him in porcelain from my own collection. It is identical to one identified as a Kutani product worth US$475-675 in my 1997 edition of the "Collector's Value Guide to Oriental Decorative Arts" by well known Asian arts expert Sandra Andacht, whose business card, which came with my book order, also bears an image of Fukusukesan.
So may you also prosper by him,
URL Title :Fukusukesan