Jobun - rat catcher netsuke

Edo (Tokyo), circa 1790

A rat catcher clad in a simple loincloth kneels on the ground, looking upwards with his face creased into a hopeful grimace. His box-trap is pressed firmly onto a square tray, but just in front of it his intended target, a rat, can be seen making a hasty escape.

Signed: Jobun
Height: 4.0cm

Signature Jobun