NEKOTSUGURA (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – Usually made of straw, but a rare type of wooden ‘nekotsugura’ (or ‘nekochigura’ / means “cat bassinet” in Niigata dialect) house of the cat kept for rat guard from Aizu region, Japan, early Showa period, 20th century. Deep mingei folk art piece hardly seen today. approx. 33cm (12.99in) square



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