Project Description

Stag Antler Obi-Hasami Netsuke Carved as a Monkey by Ozaki Kokusai

The head of the monkey carved with a broad knowing grin as it holds one hand suggestively in front of its groin as if to grasp a large member. Its feet curl improbably to hold the bottom of the obi

Signed with a seal koku. Tokyo. Circa 1870

Height: 11.3 cm

Provenance:

Reputedly from the Anne Hull Grundy collection

Emiel Veranneman

Private collection, Milan

Literature:

A. Ducros, Netsuke & Sagemono 2, p. 63, no. 75

Bulletin Association Franco-Japonaise, September 1997, p. 29

Eskenazi, Japanese netsuke, ojime and inro from a private European collection [Veranneman], no. 236

Sydney L. Moss Ltd., More Things in Heaven and Earth, no. 79

MR3924

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