A fine ivory netsuke depicting a large male monkey picking fleas off a smaller monkey, which is lying on its stomach, lying straightened out, and visibly enjoying his grooming. Their feets are touching and the overall composition of their bodies is very amusing. Natural himotoshi, very good patina and signature in an oval reserve MASANAO.
HEIGHT 3.3 cm, LENGTH 4.1 cm
Condition: Considerable wear and age cracks, the two hands of the smaller monkey have been restored and one hand and the tail of the larger monkey is reattached (please consult further images for more details), one or more eyes are replaced.
Provenance: British private collection.