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Monkey and a peach


Item code : EDn034

Size 2.8 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm


Early 19th century.

A peach is a symbol of longevity and it is said to get rid of devil spirit.

In ancient mythology in China, the Chinese goddess, Xi Wangmu planted long-life peach trees in the mountains. On her birthday, the peaches were prepared for her celebration, but a monkey came down and ate them. Though this monkey gained an elixir of life he was imprisoned under a huge stone as a punishment. 500 years on, the monkey was saved by the monk Xuanzang, and later accompanied the monk on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India. This monkey is called Sung Wukong as known as Songoku in Japanse and the story is a start of the famous novel, ‘Journey to the West’.

In this netsuke, a monkey is seating comfortably and holding a large peach with both hands. Unusually for a netsuke there is only one hole at the bottom and supported hole on one side, whereas usually there is two holes for threading string through.


Condition : Excellent       Impression : Excellent

Minor scratch on his left foot.