Signature: Gyokusui, Circa: early 1900S'
artist in NETSUKE by NK Davey #452
H 1.9 in.(5cm), W 1.25 in.(3cm),
D 1 in.(2.5cm)
animated depiction of a monkey trainer tricked by his mischievous companion, who,
while sitting comfortably perched upon his trusting masterís shoulder, has taken
the opportunity to exploit the moment and has grabbed the manís beard, giving
it a good yank. The piece has a charming quality of fun and affection, for although
the man is taken by surprise he does not appear to be angry. The piece is well
carved in tusk tip ivory, marked with striations, lightly stained, and polished
to a high hand finish.
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