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GYOKUMIN: A SUPERB NAGOYA SCHOOL WOOD OKIMONO OF TWO RATS By Gyokumin, signed Gyokumin Japan, Nagoya, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A large and naturalistically carved wood okimono depicting two fighting rats, the carving executed in the typical Nagoya school style. The dominant rat pins the other down in a dynamic struggle, their tails curling around. The wood is stained appealingly dark-brown and the hairwork is masterfully incised. The large eyes of the rodents are inlaid in dark buffalo horn. Signed underneath within a rounded reserve GYOKUMIN – the artist is known to have worked in Nagoya and was active in the 19th century. HEIGHT 7.5 cm, LENGTH 7.5 cm Condition: Very good condition, minor surface scratches. Provenance: US private collection. Zacke, Fine Japanese Art, 28 October 2020, Vienna, lot 223 ( sold for EUR 2,528). German private collection, acquired from the above.