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Netsuke in the Form of a Rat
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Netsuke in the Form of a Rat


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Description The rat is portrayed with one rear leg raised to his ear and holding a "daikon," or Japanese radish, in his front paws. It has been realistically carved and tinted with considerable attention lavished on its finely incised strands of fur. Black coral was used for the inlaid eyes. The rat, which is the first animal in the Chinese and Japanese twelve-year cycle, was the first to appear before the Buddha in an audience of animals. It was a popular subject, especially for those born in its year.
Exhibitions
  • Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • The FabergĂ© Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters

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Period
late 18th century (Edo)
Medium
ivory, coral
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.936
Measurements
1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm) (l.)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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