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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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A Japanese wood netsuke of a monkey with crab
Taken from the Japanese fairy tale of the rivalry between the two creatures. The monkey holds the crab with both hands, while the crab tries its b...
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