SUPERB QUALITY PIERCED IVORY RAT BALL OJIME MASAMITSU
SUPERB QUALITY PIERCED IVORY RAT BALL OJIME MASAMITSU
SUPERB QUALITY PIERCED IVORY RAT BALL OJIME MASAMITSU
SUPERB QUALITY PIERCED IVORY RAT BALL OJIME MASAMITSU
SUPERB QUALITY PIERCED IVORY RAT BALL OJIME MASAMITSU

SUPERB QUALITY PIERCED IVORY RAT BALL OJIME "MASAMITSU"

c. 1890 JAPAN

Offered by Steve Sly Japanese Works Of Art (Stags Head Antiques Ltd)

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As part of our oriental collection we are delighted to offer this wonderful quality Japanese ivory ball depicting a swarm of rats fighting over two lumps of cheese both of which carry the signatures of a leading Meiji period carver "MASAMITSU" ,the mellow honey coloured ivory rats each have jet inset eyes and varying facial expressions , the ball has two concentric holes which would indicate it may have been used as a very large netsuke or ojime bead, whatever its purpose it is a fabulous tactile okimono.

The condition is superb with the exception of about three jet eye losses visible under a glass !
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Dimensions
Height 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Diameter 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Medium
IVORY
Signed/Inscribed
MASAMITSU
Steve Sly Japanese Works Of Art (Stags Head Antiques Ltd)

Steve Sly Japanese Works Of Art (Stags Head Antiques Ltd)
Dorset
United Kingdom

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