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Ɏ OKAKOTO: A SUPERB IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO MONKEYS
LOT 47 - NE0421

By Yamaguchi Okakoto, signed Okakoto 岡言
Japan, Kyoto, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The two monkeys seated, one male and the other female, grooming themselves and each other, their fur finely incised and inked, their legs and feet well placed to the underside, forming many ‘natural’ himotoshi, their facial features neatly detailed, one of the legs with the signature OKAKOTO to the underside. Superb golden-brown patina.

LENGTH 4.4 cm

Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear and natural age cracks.
Provenance: Ex-collection Karl-Ludwig Kley.

Okakoto was an important member of the Kyoto school, a pupil of Yamaguchi Okatomo, and teacher to Okatori.

Literature comparison:
A closely related netsuke by Okatori is illustrated in Davey, Neil K. (1974) Netsuke: A comprehensive study based on the M.T. Hindson Collection, p. 77, no. 203. The same netsuke is illustrated in Sydney Moss Ltd (1993) Zodiac Beasts and Distant Cousins: Japanese Netsuke for Connoisseurs, no. 23, and Sydney Moss Ltd (2004) Outside the Box, pp. 60-61, no. 28.

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