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Antique Chinese Gilt Wood Statue
Monkey King
Journey To The West
Origin: China. Circa: 19th-early 20th century
H 8.5 in.(22cm), W 4 in.(10cm), D 4 in.(10cm)

Condition : very good!

This 19th century carving is a fanciful glorification of His Excellency the Monkey God in resplendent warrior armor meticulously ornamented with delicate floral and cloud motifs. With dignified formality he assumes an advancing stance, his left foot poised on a cloud, left hand holding a longevity peach; and right hand his signiture attribute a golden staff. The statue wears its gilding lacily over a black lacquer ground. No chips or losses of wood.

The status of the monkey in Buddhism is not unequivocal, for although he may be thought ugly and deceitful, nevertheless he is worshipped popularly for his power to drive away evil and sorcery and to bestow health, protection and success. The monkey was worshipped first in India, where an emissary of a Tang Dynasty Emperor had been dispatched to obtain the Sacred Books of the Buddhist religion. In this quest he was aided by a monkey and in gratitude the emperor bestowed upon the monkey the title of “Great Sage Equal to Heaven.” and “His Excellency, the Holy King,“ whose birthday is celebrated by all classes of society on the 23rd day of the second Chinese month.


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