SOLD ITEM 5613 - A Japanese Bronze Box with Mice Dressed as Men

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A delightful example of the finely honed use of humor in Japanese Art as described so well in the book Playfulness in Japanese Art by Nobuo Tsuji, Spencer Museum of Art, 1986. This small bronze box is molded in a woven basket look with low relief figures of mice in human clothing on the top lid. Two smaller mice on the left are seen approaching two much larger mice on the right side of the lid the details in each is quite remarkable. The box measures 3 and one third inches long by 1 and one half inches wide and is three eighths inches deep. Excellent condition and patina. We date this one to the late Meiji period, circa 1885 to 1910
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