I found this rather bizarre hybrid recently. It's 3/4 Manju, 1/4 Katabori. It stands and appears to be, at youngest, early 19th.
I have no idea which hand to place it - but I do note similarities in this monkey, with those early monkey manju's we see in embrace.
Historically, the symbiotic relationship between monkeys and silky deer in certain parts of Japan appears to be well documented. The deer eating fruits, dropped from the trees, by the monkey. The monkeys grooming the deer, occasionally riding on their backs.
What do the monkeys get in return? More recently, evidence of something a bit odd has been caught on film. Video here if you are interested ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... ies-mating )
So the reason(s) for this post;
- Do any of you have Netsuke showing the deer and monkey together? If so would you be willing to share them here.
- I would be surprised if this Netsuke is carved to represent the symbiotic relationship. Can anyone shed light on any legends, or alternative meanings, that show a monkey and deer embraced?
Any ideas, photos or answers appreciated. Thanks