Nagoya, circa 1840, signed

This is very much the composition one expects from Masanao of Yamada and his followers, leaving the question of where it originated. The eyes are large inlays of dark buffalo horn.

- Auction, Christie’s London, 28 May 1980, lot 133
- Robert S. Huthart, Hong Kong
- Barry Davies Oriental Art
- Private collection, Europe
- Sydney L. Moss, 2006
- Private Collection, France (consigned to Max Rutherston ltd.)

- Lazarnick, Netsuke and Inro Artists, p. 528 (ill.)
- Barry Davies Oriental Art, The Robert S. Huthart Collection of Non-Iwami Netsuke, no. 149

Boxwood netsuke of a balled Rat by Ittan