Netsuke - Octopus and Monkey
Netsuke - Octopus and Monkey
Netsuke - Octopus and Monkey
Netsuke - Octopus and Monkey

Netsuke - Octopus and Monkey

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This ivory netsuke shows the two animals fighting. The monkey is trapped in the octopus’ tentacles and is struggling to break free. The monkey grabs a chunk of the octopus’s leathery skin. The octopus’ inlaid eyes are bulging, its nose is pulled up. The tentacles clutching the monkey make this a compact and excellently crafted composition. The monkey’s fur is very densely carved and coloured dark brown, creating a fine contrast between the two foes, as the octopus is very smooth, with a yellowish patina. The typical signature is found on the underside. Several natural openings serve as himotoshi. 

Signed – Ikkosai - Ikkosai Toun (1804-1876)

Circa 1860

4cm

Provenance 

Illustrated in "Netsuke" by Wolfmar Zacken (1987) - no. 148

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