Project Description

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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