Boar and Grasses

The boar, the twelfth sign of the zodiac, is thought to possess reckless courage. Here, however, his closed eyes give him the appearance of a most sympathetic and defenseless creature, sleeping hidden by autumn grasses.
Period: Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date: second half 19th century
Culture: Japan
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: H. 7/8 in. (2.3 cm); W. 1 9/16 in. (3.9 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification: Netsuke
Credit Line: Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891.