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A mid nineteenth century ivory netsuke. Monkey by Meigyoku.
This charming ivory netsuke was produced in Japan in the mid part of the nineteenth century and is of a transitional date somewhere between the Edo and Meiji Period. We would suggest a date of around 1865. It was carved by Meigyoku and is Isawa School. It shows a calm and happy monkey with a wonderfully expressive face, clutching a branch covered in persimmon, a favourite fruit. The netsuke is signed to the base and is of a very high standard.
This delightful work of art stands 3.6 cm high, is 2.3 cm wide and 2.2 cm deep. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.