An ivory netsuke of a sarumawashi (monkey trainer) standing and laughing with large glaring eyes inlaid in black lustrous horn. He is wearing a cap with an incised peach branch, has a food basket tied to his obi in front of him and is holding a taming stick in one hand and the monkey’s paw in the other. The monkey is seated on his shoulder, mischievously holding his mouth as if he was about to laugh. The backside with a very good patina and angular himotoshi.
HEIGHT 8.8 cm
Condition: Good, worn condition with expected age cracks and good patina. A section of the taming stick with an old and worndown loss.
Provenance: Barry Davies, then Galerie Gemini & Ichimonji art, then Luxembourg private collection.