Wood Netsuke of Seven Rats by Ittan
Piled on top of each other in a pyramid, at least one of them upside-down. One of the two rodents at the bottom clutches an edamame bean. All the eyes are inlaid in dark buffalo horn and the incisors in bone. Natural himotoshi
Signed: Ittan with kaō. Nagoya. Circa 1850
Height: 3.8 cm
Adrienne Barbanson, sold at her sale, Bonhams London, 13th May 2013, lot 6, purchased by Max Rutherston for the present owner. The sale was remarkable for coinciding with the London Netsuke Convention, the room packed, the atmosphere electric. Those were the days.