Finders keepers, losers weepers...
This little netsuke simian has got his arms wrapped around what appears to be a papaya he's found and he ain't about to let go!
Carved from cognac-colored boxwood, this sly Monkey is crouched low and is holding on tight all while wearing a very self-satisfied grin on his little face. 1 1/4" tall and 1 3/4" wide, this netsuke carving is beautifully detailed from the leaves on the fruit to the monkey's bright, black eyes, eyebrows and perfectly shaped ears.
Netsuke has evolved from the 17th century Japanese art of carving intricate beads called ojime from bone, stone, wood or ivory. These beads were used to close off clothing and pouches and over the centuries the art of carving intricate miniatures has made netsuke highly collectible. Netsuke can be found in fine museums and galleries all over the globe and carvings often feature the animals or mythic creatures that make up the Asian zodiacs.