Project Description

Netsuke of Monkey with Kaki by Masanao of Kyoto

The male monkey holding the fruit still attached to its branch which retains a leaf.  The material is cleverly used so that the outer skin is still visible on the fruit and on the muzzle of the animal.  The eyes are inlaid with pupils in reddish buffalo horn

Signed. Circa 1780

Height: 3.2 cm


Mrs. Harvey

F. Meinertzhagen (acquired from above November 1946)

M.T. Hindson, sold in the second sale at Sotheby’s London, October 11th 1967, lot 200

Bought there by DJ.K.Wright for M.S. Newstead

Sold in his sale at Sotheby’s London, 24th October 1984, lot 20

Since then in a private French collection


At the time of the Hindson sale the right ear was recorded as chipped, since restored.