Japanese bronze vase inlaid with a rat feasting on a turnip, the eyes in shakudo with finely carved details signed in a rectangular plaque Seiunsai Yoshitani zo 清雲斎 美谷造, Meiji period (1868-1912).
The rat is Daikoku's messenger and the first animal of the Oriental Zodiac.
It is often shown feasting on chestnuts, rice, pomegranates, turnips, and is symbolic of bounty and abundance.
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