Japan, Tanba province, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The netsuke very much reminiscent of the classic Tanba school motif tengu no tomago (lot no. 118), however here ‘saru no momo’ is depicted. The monkey is shown seated inside the opened peach, one hand placed on the edge and the other scratching his head in disbelief. The fur coat is very finely engraved, and the eyes are typically inlaid in pale translucent horn. The underside shows the large and asymmetrical himotoshi, the larger one generously excavated to accommodate the knot.
HEIGHT 3.5 cm, LENGTH 4 cm
Condition: Good condition with some surface wear, cracks, imperfections and discoloration.
Provenance: European collection.
A similar example by Toyokazu is illustrated in Galerie Gemini & Ichimonji Art (Munich, 2004), p. 21, no. 57
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