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19th Century Chinese Carved Limestone Monkey

$1,880Asking Price


This wonderfully expressive limestone sculpture was carved in reference to the Ming-dynasty novel "Journey to the West." The carving depicts Sun Wukong, the Monkey King who eats from the heavenly peach garden to obtain immortality. Despite his divine status, the Monkey King is depicted with charming naturalism, wide-eyed and cradling the prized fruit in its hands. Created in the mid-19th century, this carving likely topped a hitching post as a protective talisman for horses. We love the idea of nestling this sculpture in a shady corner of a garden, guarding the home with a watchful eye.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Depth: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Z1371stDibs: LU820010317381

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Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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