A fine, large 18th century Kyoto school Netsuke, depicting a Squirrel upon a grape vine with a deep, almost golden, patina to the reverse and some wonderful open work of the vines creeping around the edges of the leaves.
It’s debated if the creature is squirrel or dormouse, I believe him to be a squirrel. Written in Jirka-Schmitz, The World of Netsuke 2005, the reason the “Squirrel” is so often paired with grapevines in both Chinese and Japanese art is that both are equally nimble and can get anywhere, one creeping and the other jumping and running. The Motif Budo ni risu (grapes and squirrels) connects with the expression Budo ni rissu to judge matters by basing oneself on the philosophy and code of behaviour of the samurai (bushido or budo)”.
If you disagree with my opinion I would welcome other theories?
Size - 7cm
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