Netsuke, ivory. Japan, early 19th cent. Best compact netsuke-form. The mushroom is upside down, the small rat or mouse nezumi squatting beside the stem on the lamellae has inlaid eyes and elevated front legs. The stems appears as a strange living being. Very well-rounded, patina and large himotoshi (chord holes) in the mushroom cap. DIAMETER 4 CM
Netsuke in the form of a basket of rats
aleyma: Horaku, Owl and Bat netsuke, early to mid 19th century (source).