Okimono: Rat Catcher


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Okimono: Rat Catcher   (1999.13.0020)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Art
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Artist/Maker Signed Masayume, Masayumi
Geographic Location
Period/Date Meiji Period (1868-1912), 1868 - 1912
Culture Japanese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 6.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Height) 4.9 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 4.9 cm
Weight 45 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Boxwood, Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Dark Grayish Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/2) -Head. Dark Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/4) -Leg. Dark Grayish Brown (5YR 2/2) -Box.

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"A Japanese boxwood okimomo of the Rat Catcher, signed Masayume, Meiji period, 2 3/4" x 2".

The rat is associated with Daikoku, one of the Shichi Fuku Jin (Seven household Gods, or Gods of Luck) The rat has been held to have an emblematic and moral meaning in connection with Daikoku's bag, and which like all other riches, requires constant care and watch to prevent it from dwindling away under the tooth of the parasite. The rat is one of the twelve Japanese Zodiac signs (Nezumi) and is often depicted in Japanese decorative and fine arts." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999

The Meiji Restoration began in 1868, returning Japan to direct imperial rule under the emperor Meiji after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ending with his death in 1912. - D. Schrishuhn, 9/20/2000

Comparanda N/A
Bibliography N/A

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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