Nature/Nurture expresses the profound emotional ties between parent and child. Inspired by netsuke art of the Orient, Nature/Nurture captures the tenderness and warmth of family. The touchstone theme of each Nature/Nurture figurine is a quality that all parents endeavor to pass on to their little ones. In the Chinese calendar, people born in the Year of the Rat are well known to bring joy to those around them. As a reminder, the word ﾓJoyﾔ is inscribed on this rodentﾒs interior. Nature/Nurture figurines are made at Englandﾒs Wimberley Mills in the time-honored tradition of cottage manufacturing.