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Neil Holton Japanese Art

Monkey & Octopus

The octopus wearing a short coat, standing on its tentacles and leering over a startled monkey.

The monkey is terrified, gripping tightly to a conch shell, the tip of which is protruding through the monkeys fingers. I suspect a reference to masturbation is alluded too.

Signed: Minko and added Kao. Tsu. Early 19th Century.

6.4 cm

Provenance: Ex W. L. Behrens collection, no.407. Labbé-Barbanson collection, purchased at Hotel Drouot, Paris, 1989.

Please see: Bonhams. Fine Netsuke from the Adrienne Barbanson Collection. 13th May 2013. Lot 50. Sold for 4750 GBP.

Published: V. F. Weber, Koji Ho-ten. Paris. 1923. Vol.2. Plate 45. No 2. Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal. Vol.9. No 4. Page 47.

Guide Price - SOLD