A beautifully carved study of a father monkey holding down a sparrow and showing his offspring how to kill it. The young monkey looks on enthusiastically and is holding another smaller sparrow by the wing. Sensitive details in the facial expressions and overall a very charming netsuke. Natural himotoshi and signature SEIGYOKU on the underside. Compare also to the netsuke by Gyokumin no. 104 in this catalog.
HEIGHT 3.2 CM
Condition: Very good condition, fine patina, minor areas of discoloration
Provenance: European private collection
Auction comparison: A similar netsuke as sold at Bonhams,
Fine Japanese Art including two masterpieces by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959), London, 7 November 2013, lot 43.