Six young monkeys on mothers back Japanese okimono imitation - Stock Image

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Mother monkey harassed by clinging young ones. She is under stress and expressing frustration. Oone hand is over an ear to help block out the noise of her young ones.

This is a copy of a Japanese okimono figure that was probably first made in ivory. It is made either in resin or in plastic (sometimes called 'ivorine'), and would have been formed in a mould. The figure shows a mother monkey with, in total, six young ones climbing on her back. Here, five are visible.

An original okimono is a Japanese figure made in ivory or metal for decorative purposes. Small Japanese ivories with holes in them are netsuke, toggles made to control two cords running through them.
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