Okimono in bronze of a mouse with light brown patina on a daikon radish with dark brown patina. The bright mouse can be separated from the radish, it is held by a small rod on its belly that fits on it. Very fine and detailed work.
In Japan, the term "nezumi" refers to both the mouse and the rat. They are considered as the messenger of Daikokuten, deity of trade and wealth. In the Chinese zodiac, which has been adopted by Shinto in Japan, the rat (or mouse) is the first of the twelve animals, a position which, according to the many legends telling the story of the twelve animals and their election, is due to its cunning and intelligence. He is often represented with a daikon.
Unidentified signature: ??? (Tai ? or Dai ?)
Japan - late Edo period (1603-1867) or early Meiji period (1867-1912), 19th century
Height: 3.6 in. (9.2 cm) - Width : 5.1 in. (13.8 cm) - Depth : 14 in. (35.5 cm)
1 900 €
1 000 €