19th c Porcelain Monkey God, Yellow with Green symbols

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  1. Nathan Lindop

    Nathan Lindop 1: “?” 2: “!”

    I've seen this figure before and I thought Id been successful with researching it but now seeing it a second time I've fallen short with my findings. This figure might have done better in the tribal art section where an expert in religion and ethnographic items may help.
    Looks English to me but unsure. The first time i saw it it was called Japanese but I highly doubt it is, nothing to suggest this other than it being of a monkey. 6777703c-201a-4736-c0eb-2ddca91ef2af.jpg
     
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  2. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    If anybody would know I suspect it would be @Any Jewelry. :happy::happy:

    He does look very satisfied with himself or maybe that is suppose to be serenity. ;):D:D
     
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  3. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    AJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Looks as if Nirvana is almost there!
     
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  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Hanuman is of course the first thought, but eager to hear AJ's explication.
     
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  5. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    Good Heavens! Had to look up Hanuman - never heard of him. When I have a week or so, I'll read the whole write up.

    But Hey, my knee jerk was working! :)
     
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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid I have none.:sorry: He bears no resemblance to Hanuman to me, but that's just me.
    Maybe a representation of Sun Wukong, famous Chinese Monkey God from Journey to the West, etc.? Nathan thinks it is English, so maybe from a story familiar to British people?
     
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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    And then you need another couple of years for the more in-depth studies.;)
     
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  8. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Do you have a bottom shot? There was a mysticism movement in Victorian England. Perhaps he is connected to that? It's possible he doesn't represent anything in particular but just a general representation of higher levels of contentment. I'm getting relaxed just looking at him and I have way too much to do today!:yawn:
    Don
     
  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    If the other 3 monkeys see no evil, hear no evil, & speak no evil, what is it this guy doesn't do?
     
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  10. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    The only monkey I know of in English folklore is the Hartlepool Monkey.

    I don`t think this guy is him.

    Legend has it that during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, a shipwrecked monkey was hanged by the people of Hartlepool, believing him to be a French spy!
    To this day, people from Hartlepool are affectionately known as ‘monkey hangers’.

    The people of Hartlepool get quite annoyed at this tag :D


    Hungmonkey.jpg
     
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  11. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Walk no evil? I don't see how he could without any legs!
    Don
     
  12. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Monkey hangers? :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:
    Don
     
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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That crossed my mind as well.
    Could he be like a billiken?
     
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  14. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    He doesn't really look like Hanuman to me either, or not traditional presentations, H is just the only monkey god I know.
    Perhaps. Think he is meant to be from India or Asia, with the nose ring, earrings/ear plugs, & symbols maybe hennaed on body, rather than Africa. Can't remember a Just So story involving a monkey: like Hanuman, the only thing in the relevant category I know to suggest.

    Hanuman has caught on somewhat in the West, so could be H in a non-traditional form?
     
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  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    You never know. Or rather, here's hoping we will.;)
     
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  16. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I was wondering whether that would still have a second meaning, the way Mallory would have used it.
     
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  17. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Nathan, what leads you to believe 19th c. English?
     
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  18. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

  19. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That is a great start for further research!
     
  20. kentworld

    kentworld Well-Known Member

    Any marks? Pic of the base?
     
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