Circa 1850

The thick branch of black coral is used as a tree stump or part of a tree, with a monkey standing to one side of it, the tree with natural colour differences, used by the artist as grain.


H. 5.9 cm


Private collection, United Kingdom
With us, pre-2021


Umimatsu has the appearance of fossilized wood but is in fact a form of black coral. It is defined as: "actually a colony of keratinous antipatharian marine organisms." Keratin is also the basis of horn, nails etc. Umimatsu is formed with branches, bark and offshoots like other corals.

Large Umimatsu Netsuke of a Monkey by a Tree