This clever monkey (we think he's a macaque) has a piece of fruit that he's holding close to his heart...and his mouth!
Standing up and beautifully carved from fragrant sandalwood, this little guy is fairly tall for a netsuke carving; he's 2 1/2" high and 7/8" wide. Sandalwood offers a lovely grain patterning to the carving and his coloring is a light toffee with the slight hint of olive green that sandalwood is famous for.
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.