Japanese bronze vase with a rat signed Seiunsai Yoshitani Meiji period

Japanese bronze vase with a rat signed Seiunsai Yoshitani Meiji period

Code: 10089

Dimensions:

W: 12cm (4.7")H: 28.5cm (11.2")

£2,800.00 Approx $3851.44, €3278.69

Japanese bronze vase with a rat nibbling a turnip signed with chiselled characters 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.