Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The monkey trainer standing in a classic posture, holding a rope attached to the monkey’s back and a little container with food. However, there is a twist – the sarumawashi himself is a monkey! The faces are executed in the typical manner of the 18th century, somewhat Chinese in style. The robe is engraved with geometric patterns and the details are well-worn throughout. Superb deep yellow, lustrous patina turning honey-colored in the back. Asymmetrical himotoshi, the larger hole generously excavated to accommodate the knot.
HEIGHT 7 cm
Condition: Very good age-related condition with surface wear and age cracks.
Provenance: European collection.
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