Gessho

Edo (Tokyo), circa 1800

A wood netsuke of a smiling sarumawashi (monkey trainer) wearing a sleeveless jerkin and baggy trousers tucked into leggings, with a soft cloth hat on his head. Accoutrements of the performance are tucked into the back of his obi and he holds a wicker basket in one hand.
His co-presenter, the monkey, sits on his shoulder, hands clasped comically to his head.

Signed: Gessho

Height: 6.7cm

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