A superbly detailed and finely polished ivory netsuke depicting a monkey quarreling with an octopus which is seated on a bellshaped vessel.
The octopus is wearing a shirt and is holding a mallet up high menacingly, while the monkey is gripping its tentacles.
The netsuke references a legend in which the octopusphysician to Ryujin, the Dragon King of the Sea, prescribes a monkey’s liver to heal the King’s daughter.
End of 19th century - 1885
signature IKKOSAI in a polished reserve
The ivory slightly worn in some areas, some age cracks, generally in good condition
British private collection
- Période Meiji (1868–1912)
- Région/Pays d’origine
- Titre de l’œuvre d’art
- NETSUKE OF A MONKEY WITH OCTOPUS
- Bon état, voir la description
- 4.3×3.5×2.2 cm