Netsuke: Two Hard-Working Mice!
Teamwork is everything throughout nature and these two mice are making quite the haul by working together to move this basket!
Larger than many netsuke, this charming piece measures 2 3/4" wide by 1 1/2" tall and is hand-carved from medium-dark boxwood. Both mice are nicely detailed - their haunches, tails and even the bottom of their feet! - as they grab their prized basket (filled with yummy food, no doubt) in their paws.
Netsuke has evolved from the 17th century Japanese art of carving intricate beads called ojime 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 zodiacs.