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A CHARMING WOOD NETSUKE OF A PORTLY MONKEY Unsigned Japan,...

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A CHARMING WOOD NETSUKE OF A PORTLY MONKEY Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Finely carved, the decidedly chubby saru (monkey) hunches its body over its legs, turning its head to the side as it clasps its hands in front. The face is carved with a charming expression, mouth open, teeth and tongue showing, eyes of inlaid dark horn, and ears extending out to the sides. The hairwork is finely incised and neatly stained, the underside with two himotoshi, the larger hole generously excavated to accommodate the knot. LENGTH 4 cm Condition: Very good condition with minor general surface wear and some wear to the himotoshi. Provenance: From an Italian private collection, acquired from Pierre-Eric Becker, Cannes, on 8 December 1998.