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When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby Operafan » Tue May 22, 2018 12:05 pm

It seems that the big cats (tigers) of the forum are away, the forum is very quiet, so let the rats dance :)

Having been born in the Year of the Rat, I am fond of the subject and keep researching it. Almost all good Netsuke books have some chapters and / or photos about the friend of Daikoku and of myself.

In the British Museum book, there are photos and description of the Masanao 'super - rat', which unfortunately was not available for handling during the Fest.

In the book 'Such stuff as dreams are made on' by Paul Moss, there are some wonderful photos and descriptions of a few rats.

Adrienne Barbanson in her book 'Fables in Ivory', wrote a good description of the rat related legends:

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Alain Ducros developed the subject further:

Ducros - rats.jpg


In my collection, there are four rats 'dancing'. The first one, unfortunately just a replica of a rat holding a radish (daikon), signed Yoshitomo (the original is in the collection of the Peabody museum):

Yoshitomo rat 1.jpg

Yoshitomo rat 2.jpg

Yoshitomo rat 3.jpg


The second, a very nice rat, signed Tomokazu, holding a shogi with the kanji for horse:

Rat Tomokazu 1.jpg

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When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby Operafan » Tue May 22, 2018 12:16 pm

The third, signed Ikkan, holding a shogi with the kanji for pawn:

Rat Ikkan 1.jpg

Rat Ikkan 2.jpg

Rat Ikkan 3.jpg


The fourth, a nice rat holding an edamame pod, probably from the Ikkan studio:

Rat 1.jpg

Rat 2.jpg

Rat 3.jpg

Rat 4.jpg


Would be nice to have some more rats joining the dance...
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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby dougsanders » Tue May 22, 2018 12:50 pm

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Hi Alex- Here are some pictures of a rat I carved about six years ago. I had seen a rat in a catalog taking a very round, chestnut-like form so I decided to do a piece along those lines.

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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby Operafan » Tue May 22, 2018 1:04 pm

Plumpy and very sweet rat, Doug :)
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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby borat » Tue May 22, 2018 6:24 pm

Hi Alex, here is one of my favourite rats from my collection ....

He is quite a bulky fellow, length= 53mm. About mid to late 18th century, attribution is likely to be a follower of Masanao of Kyoto as has some common features. Eyes are inlaid in umimatsu & incisors are inlaid ivory. Quite detailed underneath surface- he is grasping a nut & slowly nibbling away with his inlaid incisors, which is a highlight.
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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby borat » Tue May 22, 2018 6:29 pm

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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby KPR » Tue May 22, 2018 7:45 pm

Two unsigned rats in similar position.
The first from the Edo period, Kyoto school around 1800.
The second from the Meiji period around 1900, probably Osaka school.
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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby Operafan » Tue May 22, 2018 9:08 pm

Lovely rats, I especially like your 'bulky fellow' Gopi :) . Could you please elaborate about the 'follower of Masanao' attribution. I can see that the ears are 'Masanao-esque', but the whole netsuke looks to me reminiscent of Kano Tomokazu or Ikkan style.

It is quite funny that in all the netsuke in the thread, the 'masculinity' of the rats is so clearly emphasised ;)
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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby mss » Wed May 23, 2018 12:20 am

Hope a pipe case is appropriate for this thread. Stag antler senryu-zutsu, an alert rat on a curled lotus leaf; unsigned, Asakusa school attribution.
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Re: When the cat's away the rats dance

Postby KPR » Wed May 23, 2018 6:27 am

Think this rat is a female version like the Perbody model.
The signature on the Pebody rat is also Okatomo.
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