Three small ivory okimono One by Muneyuki, 19th century
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Three small ivory okimono One by Muneyuki, 19th century
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Three small ivory okimono One by Muneyuki, 19th century Three small ivory okimono One by Muneyuki, 19th century Three small ivory okimono One by Muneyuki, 19th century
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Three small ivory okimono
One by Muneyuki, 19th century
Comprising: a humourous group of three monkeys, enacting the san sukumi story of the 'The Three Creepy Things', one monkey standing at the back with a a snake flanked by his two companions holding respectively a snail and frog, unsigned; 4.3cm (1 5/8in) high; the second a toddler crawling on the floor, 2.6cm x 4cm (1in x 1½in); the third a young boy kneeling on the ground and picking up his bento box, signed in an irregular reserve Muneyuki, 4cm (1½in) high. (3).

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  • 象牙彫置物 三点 (三竦、幼児、弁当を持つ男児) 19世紀

    Provenance: the first, from the Bluth collection, bearing original label.

    The san sukumi represents the story of 'the three creepy things': a frog, a snake and a snail, each afraid of the others. The frog would like to eat the snail and to the snake, the frog would be a delicacy. But the secretion of the snail, once eaten by the frog, would prove a fatal poison to the snake.
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