Project Description

Wood Netsuke of a Balled Rat by Masakatsu

A dark stained boxwood netsuke of a balled rat, carved with great delicacy in all its details of ears, paws, tail and incised hairwork.  The eyes are ovoid inlays of dark horn

Signed on a smoothed oval reserve: Masakatsu with kaō. Late 19th century

3.2 cm across


Madelyn Hickmott collection, sold Sotheby’s New York, Fine Netsuke from the Estate of Madelyn Hickmott, February 8th 1989, lot 256

Later with Takara Japanese Art, New York