The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic Art

Monkey with Peach, 

China, 19th-20th cent.


Monkey Holding a Peach 

carved mottled green and white stone

height 3 6/8 in.

China, acquired in Tibet by Jack Daulton

age unknown, probably late 19th-early 20th century

This small sculpture is an image of, or reference to, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, a central character in the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, who, in heaven, is guardian of the peaches, a source of immortality.  And the sculpture is probably a figurine from a home altar -- part of the material culture of Chinese folk religion and associated with aspirations for a long life. 

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