Circa 1780


The wolf pinning the terrified monkey down with its right forepaw, the prey desperately struggling to escape its fate, with eyes of the wolf are inlays of dark buffalo horn.


L. 5.3 cm


In good condition with much of the original staining present, and a good patina



State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, ‘Netsuke, Japanese Miniature Sculptures from Private Collections’, July-October 2016, no. 77


Netsuke of a wolf and monkey by Tomotada (Active 1760-1780)