By Genryosai Minkoku I, signed Genryosai 玄了齋
Japan, Edo (Tokyo), 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Carved as two monkeys clambering on a gnarled branch issuing leaves, one monkey on top scratching his behind and the other climbing downwards playfully and facing the one on top. A boldly executed, humorous and dynamic design, the wood bearing a fine, dark patina. The underside with one large himotoshi and signed GENRYOSAI (Minkoku). The subject appears to be unique for this celebrated early Edo carver.
LENGTH 4.8 cm
Condition: Very good, typically worn condition. Few age cracks and minor surface wear. Beautiful, deep patina.
Provenance: Old Irish private collection, Dublin, purchased from Christie’s, 17 February 1981, London, lot 113.
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