Ivory Netsuke of a Monkey Seated Against a Namazu
A good example of this 18th century subject, much less worn than is often the case, the monkey’s feet better defined. He holds his gourd behind his head as a pillow. He has a good expressive face with protruding pupils, while the fish’s eyes are similar flush inlays of dark horn
Unsigned. Circa 1780
Length: 4.5 cm
Private collection, France
Compare with two other examples: the Behrens variant, best studied in the Eskenazi catalogue of the Jacques Carré collection, no. 171, and one in Sydney L. Moss, ‘More Things in Heaven and Earth’, no. 4.
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