Extremely fine example of a rat coiled up into a ball. The hairwork is beautifully engraved, the eyes are inlaid in dark horn.
Natural himotoshi (cordholes) through one of the legs.
Signed in a polished reserve: MASANAO
This netsuke shows the outstanding character of a MASANAO Netsuke that immediately attracts the eye when first seen among a large number of other netsuke, it is the creation of a master in a bold style, fine delicacy and finish.