A superbly detailed and finely polished ivory netsuke depicting a monkey quarreling with an octopus which is seated on a bellshaped vessel. The octopus is wearing a shirt and is holding a mallet up high menacingly, while the monkey is gripping its tentacles. The netsuke references a legend in which the octopusphysician to Ryujin, the Dragon King of the Sea, prescribes a monkey’s liver to heal the King’s daughter. Natural himotoshi and the signature IKKOSAI in a polished reserve.
HEIGHT 4.3 cm
Condition: The ivory slightly worn in some areas, some age cracks, generally in good condition.
Provenance: British private collection.