Unsigned, attributed to Garaku
Osaka, circa 1780
The adult monkey lies sprawled across a round cushion, pushing up on its forearms to raise its head in order to peer down with an expression of disdain. One back leg splays out to the side its long toes gripping its soft resting place. The lightly engraved hair work, enhanced with sumi-e ink stain, is worn smooth across the back, head and right flank. The ivory has developed fine concentric cracks with age and has aquired a rich patina.