REF: J0027

A Finely Carved Japanese Ivory Okimono of Rats, Meiji Period (1868-1912)

  • A Finely Carved Japanese Ivory Okimono of Rats, Meiji Period (1868-1912)


    The two rats shown ripping open an ear of corn exposing a re-coiling snake, their bodies finely scored to replicate hair, their faces inset with glass eyes rimmed with ink highlights.
    Dimensions, 2.5” high x 2.25” long x 1.75” wide. Apparently unsigned, restoration to one arm.
    (The rat has long been esteemed as a model of success & prosperity in Japanese culture)​​​​​​​

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