unsigned ivory netsuke

early 19th century


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

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


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Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
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site last updated
August 22, 2019

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
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