This is a Burmese sculpture of a rat on a wedge of cheese. The rat has a long curving tail and Burmese Mogok ruby eyes. The sculpture is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity stating it is from the 1984 Invitation only gem, jade and pearl auction held under the auspices of the ministry of mines in Rangoon, Burma. There is also an appraisal dated May 1984 by noted San Francisco jeweler Thomas M. Dye. It values the sculpture at a value of $2300. In addition the little rat comes with a paper that tells all of the traits regarding people born in the year of the rat and the meaning of the sentimental value of such an object. It is typed on a letterhead of Gemstone International. It is one of the Orient's recognized sources for gems, jade and antique objects d'art. This little treasure measures 2" long by 2" high and 2" across the back. " The rat is a born leader. You will not regret if you follow the rat. He represents business acumen and is good at making money." The condition is excellent.
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Art & Antiques from Victorian through the 1950's and slightly beyond
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