Okimono lying mouse

Bronze okimono with brown patina of a mouse lying down. The coat, the tail and the legs are chiselled. The details of the head are particularly detailed, such as the moustache hairs and the long eyelashes.

In Japan, the term nezumi refers to both the mouse and the rat. They are regarded as the messenger of Daikokuten, the deity of trade and wealth. In the Chinese zodiac, taken over by Shintoism in Japan, the rat (or mouse) is the first of the twelve animals, a place that, according to the many legends relating the history of the twelve animals and their election, it owes to cunning and intelligence. The rat and the mouse are also a major theme in the Japanese print kachō-ga and in the nihonga.

Unidentified seal of manufacture under the belly.

Japan – Meiji era (1868-1912)

Height : 1.2 in. (3 cm) – width 2 in. (5 cm) – depth : 3.5 in. (9 cm)