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Neil Holton Japanese Art

Saru Ningyo

A wood model of a Saru Ningyo (Monkey Doll).

The making of Dolls is an ancient tradition in Japan. The materials used to produce Dolls are as varied as their meaning. Ours is related to the dangers experienced by expectant Mothers during childbirth. The Monkey believed to have talismanic qualities against the Mothers death.

The abstract shape may also relate to another well known subject for Netsuke, the sleeping Chajin (Tea Master) and from the underside perhaps even Daruma meditating is alluded to. A fine conceptual Netsuke, so Japanese in taste, who along with Hojitsu was considered the finest carvers in Tokyo of the day.

Signed: Ryomin. Tokyo. Last half of the 19th Century.

Guide Price - £1,800