What an industrious young rat!
She knows better than to carry crumb after crumb...she went and found a cart!
Hand carved from dark boxwood, the detailing on this Netsuke is as fine on the cart's wheels and contents as it is on the young rodent's direct gaze and purposeful stride. A bit bigger than most netsuke, this piece measures 2 3/4" wide and 1 3/8" tall.
Netsuke has evolved from the 17th century Japanese art of carving intricate ojime beads from bone, stone, wood or ivory. These beads were used to close off clothing and pouches and over the centuries the art of carving intricate miniatures has made netsuke highly collectible. Netsuke can be found in fine museums and galleries all over the globe and carvings often feature the animals or mythic creatures that make up the Asian zodiac(s.)