The artist is relatively rare, and Fuld records only one other monkey group, also in wood, illustrated in Lazarnick, Netsuke and Inro Artists, vol. II, p. 1157.
The tradition amongst Japanese artists, and especially netsuke carvers is to adopt one character of one's master's usually two character name. It is reasonable to suppose in this instance that Tomomitsu was apprenticed to Tomotada or Okatomo
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