An ivory netsuke of a saru ningyo (monkey doll)
Style of Hidemasa I, Osaka school, early 19th century.
Marcel Lorber collection
J. and A. Katchen collection
A. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.2, Paris (K. R. Publishers, 2010), p. 343, no. K977
A saru ningyo, a doll made of rolled-up cloth, which is tied to resemble a monkey wearing an eboshi (a stiff lacquered formal hat) The arms and legs are bound together with a cord, the cloth shows an intricate pattern.