Monkeys Grooming

Unknown
Japanese
Place made: 
Asia; Japan
Monkeys Grooming, 19th century
Ivory; carved with pigment
Overall: 1 1/4 in x 7/8 in x 1 1/16 in; 3.2 cm x 2.2 cm x 2.7 cm
William Richter Collection, Gift of Margaret Ruth Richter (Class of 1939)
MH 1986.30.19

Monkeys are prevalent in netsuke due to their abundance in Japan. They frequently appear in ancient tales about the country’s origins and were ultimately incorporated into the Shinto religion.