A marine ivory netsuke of a small chubby rat with big bulging eyes inlaid in lustrous deep-black horn. The round ears are curiously raised. The well-carved tail on the underside, which the rat firmly holds with its large paws in front of it, curls around forming a loop in front of the rat. Deep and large himotoshi on the underside; beautiful shimmering yellow patina.
LENGTH 4.3 cm
Condition: Very good and complete condition.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.
The rat (nezumi) is the first animal in the zodiac and a symbol of wealth, as when there was plenty of food there would be plenty of rats – therefore the rat is also the companion of Daikoku, patron of the merchants and god of wealth.