BRONZE BUDDHAWOOD BUDDHASTONE BUDDHAJAPANESE NETSUKE
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Antique Japanese Sashi Ivory Netsuke
Five Mice
On Ladder
Signature: not translated, Circa: early 20th Century
H 4 in.(10cm), W 1 in.(2.5cm), D 0.7 in.(2cm)
Condition: very good!
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Rats are the first sign of the Chinese Zodiac, and known for their creativity and tenacity, but also for their relationship to disease and death. This modern sashi ivory netsuke skillfully depicts a small family of rats scampering across a ladder. Perhaps a reference to the “rat race”, or climbing the corporate ladder, the mother urges her children on only to see them turning back around. Beautifully etched, the fur is particularly fine, tiny lines following the contours of their tiny bodies. Their charming faces each sport a faint smile; eyes inlayed with black horn. This piece is superbly crafted and carved, the scripted signature indicated the work of a fine artist. In very good condition.

  
  
  
  
  
  
 
    
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