netsuke

unsigned ivory netsuke

early 19th century

sanbikisaru

height 2 5/8 in., 6.7 cm

the acrobatic monkeys sit tower-style on eachother's shoulders, comically with the smallest on the bottom supporting the weight of the increasingly larger monkeys above, while each pantomimes the 'hear no evil,' 'see no evil,' and 'speak no evil' associated with the sanbikisaru

Published:
Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, August 2001, no. 156

kikumon

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