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A Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Rat Atop a Mushroom

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1920: Item # 1321549

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A wood netsuke carved as a rat atop a large mushroom. Rendered naturalistically, the rat, an honored subject in Japanese art, curls its body as it looks up at the viewer with jet-inlaid eyes. On the reverse, the mushroom is fully carved with deep grooves and the stalk realistically modeled. Incised signature of Masayoshi found on the base. This fine, natural study is in excellent condition; its himotoshi naturally formed at the base of the stalk. Length: 2†19th Century, Japan