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Ivory okimono of a toad carrying an orchestra of five monkeys.
Four monkeys is playing instruments such as the shamisen (long-necked lute with three strings), the shime-daiko(small drum) and the flute. The fifth monkey is larger and is singing while holding a book in his left hand and plugging his ear with the other. They are wearing a jinbei, a summer outfit consisting of a short-sleeved jacket and shorts.

Japan – Meiji Era (1868-1912), late 19th or early 20th century
Height: 2.2 in. (5.6 cm) – width: 1.6 in. (4.2 cm) – depth: 2.4 in. (6 cm)