Carved in marugata shape in shibuichi and copper, with gilt details. Five rats (nezumi) are depicted in various attitudes, the entire composition carved in openwork (sukashi). The fur of the rats is minutely incised, and the composition is dynamic and the individual rats all depicted in movement, scratching themselves or sniffling each other. Signed HIROCHIKA with characteristic kao. The two hitsu are plugged.
SIZE 8.8 x 8.5 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with minor rubbing and wear.
Provenance: Swiss private collection. The Uchikoshi school was founded by Konishi Bunshichi in the beginning of the 19th century. One of his most famous students was Hirochika.