Rat with Three Young, Ivory, Japan

Rat with Three Young

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, 1881
Accession Number:
81.1.34
Not on view
The rat is associated with Daikoku, the God of Wealth, and is the first sign of the Zodiac. This netsuke would been worn as a talisman by someone born in the Year of the Rat.
Stephen Whitney Phoenix , New York (until d. 1881; bequethed to MMA)