Gifu, circa 1840


A wood netsuke of a rat lying over and gripping an Edamame bean pod which it is about to eat. The eyes are of dark inlaid buffalo horn, the incisor teeth also inlaid, with natural Himotoshi.


Length: 4.3 cm

- Charles Gillot, Paris; sold in his sale, Chevallier at the Galeries Durand-Ruel, 8th-13th February 1904, lot 1802 (the signature translated as Tomoitchi (cat.ill. p. 239)
- P. Marteau, sold at his sale, Hôtel Drouot, 24 February 1924
- Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2001-2010
- Private collection, France (consigned to Max Rutherston ltd.)

Scholten, Expression of Style: Netsuke as Art, no. 140, (ill.)

Boxwood netsuke of a rat on an Edamame bean by Kano Tomokazu