The property of a Gentleman
An ivory okimono of a sarumawashi (monkey trainer)
By Yukihira, Meiji Period
Seated cross-legged in relaxed repose, and smiling after a satisfactory day's work, holding a pipe in his right hand, as the performing monkey crouched at his feet gestures at him, a drum and a pair of batons lying discarded on the ground; signed in a tsuishu-lacquer reserve Yukihira. 8cm x 8.2cm (3 1/8in x 3¼in).