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Ivory Okimono ratcatcher c. 1880

S/N:THOA398

United Kingdom

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Ivory Okimono ratcatcher c. 1880

THE HOUSE OF ANTIQUES
For sale in this LOT is a wonderful example of an antique Japanese ivory Okimono of a ratcatcher c. 1880 Japan. Recently obtained from a private collection in London this item is both rare in form and shows wonderful craftsmanship in miniature detail. The item depicts an angry looking rat catcher with a large rat on his shoulder.
Brief History: A rat-catcher is a person who practices rat-catching as a professional form of pest control. In the 18th to 19th century professional rat catchers would use trained animals to catch nests/rats. These would include using large rats and dogs. Keeping the rat population under control was practiced in Europe and across Asia to prevent the spread of diseases, most notoriously the Black Plague, and to prevent damage to food supplies.
Size: H 3cm x W 1.5cm x D 3cm
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Period: 

1880

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