The most recent addition to my collection arrived today... a lovely design of a rat by Takeuchi Seihō (1864 - 1942), published 1910-12 by Unsodo, from an album of full-page colour woodblocks entitled An Album of the Twelve Zodiacal Signs by Seihō. The rat is shown inspecting the colourful spindle of a kite. As someone who's lived with rats for years, I have to say that Seihō has captured the inquisitive nature of the rat perfectly and his depiction of her physical form can't be faulted. The moment I saw this print, I knew I had to have it. She is the spitting image of one of my girls, Bimbim, who was a black-and-white Berkshire rat. She loved bright colours and would most certainly have loved to have this spindle to investigate.
Causes Gina Collia-Suzuki Supports
The World Wildlife Fund
Cancer Research UK