Description Monkeys, which are native to Japan, symbolize the 9th year in the Chinese and Japanese 12-year cycle. They were highly regarded as subjects for artists in all media. When holding a peach, as in this example, they are associated with longevity. Okatomo, together with Tomotada and Masanao, were the three major netsuke carvers in 18th-century Kyoto.
- Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
- The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Okatomo
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters
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