This is a very high quality mammoth ivory carving netsuke – A Three Wise Monkeys .
The carver has hand carved this Three Wise Monkeys netsuke .
You can see all the small details of this Figures so clearly, it’s stunnig. .
The piece includes Master Carver’s Signature.
The three wise monkeys are a pictorial maxim. Together they embody the proverbial principle to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Mikazaru , covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Mazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.
Sometimes there is a fourth monkey depicted with the three others; the last one, Shizaru, covers his abdomen or crotch and symbolizes the principle of “do no evil”.