A wood netsuke of monkeys towing a small boat Attributed to Tsuchiya Yasuchika, Nara, 18th century
Lot 106
A wood netsuke of monkeys towing a small boat Attributed to Tsuchiya Yasuchika, Nara, 18th century
Sold for £900 (US$ 1,492) inc. premium
Lot Details
A wood netsuke of monkeys towing a small boat
Attributed to Tsuchiya Yasuchika, Nara, 18th century
Three monkeys straining to haul the open boat beside a rocky landscape engraved with willow and bamboo, a fourth monkey standing in the boat, the wood is rather worn and bears a good patina, signed Tou.
5.7cm (2¼in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 猿の舟引き 銘「東雨」 18世紀

    There were five sword-fitting makers named Tsuchiya Yasuchika, working in Nara from the latter part of the 17th century to the middle of the 9th century. It is believed that the few netsuke thus signed or with the go Tou were produced by the first or second masters: see The Meinertzhagen Card Index, pp.972-3.
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