The large, recumbent cat (neko) forms a circle, its long tail does so as well. It is wearing a collar and appears to be quite pleased. A small monkey, tiny compared to the cat, is climbing on its back, and holds a peach in its paw, a symbol of longevity. The composition reminds one of the classic sarumawashi motif shown in catalog no. 143. Cats were brought into Japan from the 10th century from Japan, were favorite animals at the court and received nobility status. Very well-rounded composition, fine patina, very large himotoshi on the underside.
HEIGHT 2.1 CM, LENGTH 3.8 CM
Condition: One paw reattached, otherwise good condition with few age cracks and stunning patina, especially on the underside
Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 33