The monkey with finely incised fur is depicted holding a branch of loquats, the stems of the fruit inlaid in dark horn. His expression is naturalistic, the eyes are inlaid in black horn. Natural himotoshi, and the signature is found in a rectangular reserve on one leg OKATOMO 岡友. A good and detailed work from the Okatomo school.
HEIGHT 2.8 cm, LENGTH 4.5 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Very good condition.
Literature comparison: For similar models signed Okatomo see The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part B, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 618.