Netsuke in horn representing a pumpkin nibbled by a group of rats, and pierced in several places. The eyes of the rats are painted in black ink. Signed Seizui (正水).
Miniature figurine, often carved in wood, lacquer or ivory, the netsuke (根付) is a traditional Japanese item of clothing. As kimono do not have pockets, everyday objects are transported in little boxes called sagemono. The netsuke hold firmly inrō’s string, or other types of sagemono, slipped into the obi, the belt which closes the kimono. The production of netsuke flourishes during the Edo period.
Japan – Edo (1603 – 1868)
Diameter : 1.65 inch – Height : 0.79 inch