"A Japanese boxwood okimono group of a monkey trainer and his monkey, late Meiji period, signed Kogetsu , 6 3/4" h., well patinated.
(The monkey plays a great role in Far Eastern legend and is often depicted in art. This okimono represents a form of entertainment. The trainer and his monkey providing entertainment are depicted in various forms of Japanese art from Edo through Meiji period and the 20th c. Other examples of this depiction are seen in Ukiyo-e.)
Boxwood is dense with a yellowish-brown color (Buxus michrophylia)." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999
The Meiji Restoration began in 1868, returning Japan to direct imperial rule under the emperor Meiji after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ending with his death in 1912. - D. Schrishuhn, registrar, 9/20/2000