"A Japanese boxwood okimono of entwined Saru (monkeys) with inlaid eyes (horn), signed Homin, 3 3/4" high
Monkeys are of frequent occurrence in Japanese fine arts and decorative arts. They are depicted in a variety of postures. The Saru is one of the signs of the Zodiac, and as such associated with the horse.
The Saru also plays a role in legend and fairy tales. (Homin was an Edo period, mid 19th c. netsuke shi that worked in wood and ivory, a pupil of Hojitsu. It is rare to find okimono carved by a netsuki shi. Such okimono are considered to have higher values than the comparable netsuke)." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999