Small figurine in bronze with brown patina in the shape of a mouse. The details of the coat, tail and legs are delicately carved. Foundry stamp under the base.
In Japan, the term “nezumi” refers to both the mouse and the rat. They are considered the messenger of Daikokuten, the deity of commerce and wealth. In the Chinese zodiac, taken up by Shintoism in Japan, the rat (or mouse) is the first of the twelve animals, a place he owes to his cunning and his intelligence , according to numerous legends relating the history of the twelve animals and their election. The rat and the mouse are also a major theme in Japanese kachō-ga and nihonga prints. The most famous print representing this rodent is undoubtedly the print of Yoshitoshi, which represents a libertine monk transformed into a rat.
Japan – Meiji era ( 1868 – 1912)
Height : 1.8 inch – Length : 3 inch – Width : 1.4 inch