This Seven Rat Group netsuke was specially produced for LACMA. In Asia, when rice was plentiful, rats were too, and they became associated with abundance. Rats are the first animal in the Chinese zodiac.
Netsuke were used as both toggle and counterweight to help suspend hanging purses or boxes from the sash of a Japanese man's kimono. This is a hand-painted reproduction of an original netsuke from mid-19th century Japan in LACMA’s Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection.
- Approximately 1 x 1 x 1 inch
- Beautifully gift-boxed with legend
- Made for LACMA