Netsuke - Monkey and Persimmon Fruit
Netsuke - Monkey and Persimmon Fruit
Netsuke - Monkey and Persimmon Fruit
Netsuke - Monkey and Persimmon Fruit

Netsuke - Monkey and Persimmon Fruit

Price on request. 

A rare and nice sized wood monkey by Gyokusen Tomochika. Seated, the monkey was presumably resting under a tree – unfortunately for her, she picked a persimmon tree ready to drop its ripe fruit. 

The monkey’s well-carved hands search on top of her head and she bears a startled look on her face. The poor thing is trying to find the large persimmon that has fallen and landed square on her head. 

Gyokusen monkeys are rare, I know of only two; one, identical to this, in a private US collection and the other published in Scholten’s Expressions of Style, in my opinion one of the great monkey netsuke. Our monkey has a deeply carved face, wide-open mouth displaying minutely detailed teeth and deeply set eyes, which give the netsuke a sense of life. The surface of the wood is detailed with fine hairwork and a silky gloss polish that accentuates the light stain. The himotoshi is formed by one larger and one smaller hole to the underside. 

Signed, Tomochika, in a square reserve 

Gyokusen Tomochika was a pupil of Tomotada, who moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. (Not connected with Chikuyosai Tomochika) 

Late 18th century 

Height: 3.8cm Width: 3.6cm 

If you are interested in purchasing this netsuke you can contact me via the details below.

Phone or Whatsapp: +447534 423 803

Email: robert@willford-ja.co.uk 

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