Ryusansai Issan - group of rats netsuke

Possibly Iwashiro, circa 1830

A group of five rats scramble busily over each other, one with its paw on another’s nose. At the base of the group, however, one rat has finished it search as it surreptitiously clutches a chestnut to its chest and plots its escape from the melée. The eyes are inlaid in dark horn.

Signed in a raised polished reserve: Issan
Width: 3.5cm

Signature Ryusansai Issan