Rat carrying a bag of treasures

Brown patina bronze okimono of a rat pulling a bag filled with gold inscribed 黄金袋 (ôgonbukuro), “bag of gold”.

The rat, one of the zodiac signs, is a symbol of fortune. This bag can be related to the treasure bag of Hotei, one of the seven gods of Happiness. A figure of prosperity, he is also the god of joy, abundance and the guardian of children. His bag contains everything a person needs in his daily life.

Signed below Masu (ます).

Japan – Meiji era (1868-1912)
Height: 1.6 in. (4 cm) – width: 1 in. (2.4 cm) – depth: 2.4 in. (6 cm)