What is this 'strange oriental figure'. Can anyone tell me more?

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  1. JamesWon2

    JamesWon2 New Member

    Hi everyone, I joined in an attempt to get help to identify some antiques I have, hopefully that is OK to do here.

    Can anyone provide further information on this?

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    I can't see any markings or anything. All the figure body parts are porcelain I believe. I've checked under the dress and there's nothing there :O. One antique dealer described it as 'the strange Oriental figure', I'd love to know more.

    Thank you
  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    James, can you put your hand inside, is it a hand puppet?

    Welcome, btw.:)
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  3. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    VERY neat looking figure.....not that I know anything about them, but kind of makes me think it’s from an Oriental storytelling line....doesn’t look like the feet go much further apart either....as @Any Jewelry also suggested, if a hand fit inside the back, a couple of fingers would support what looks like a somewhat heavy head!! JUST thinking outside the “figure” here.............:rolleyes::cool:
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  4. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Could it be the Chinese monkey king?
  5. JamesWon2

    JamesWon2 New Member

    Thanks Aquitaine & Any Jewelry,
    Oh cool, it is a hand puppet! I can in-fact get my fingers under the dress into the hole in the head :D :D And into each arm if I could bend my fingers in the right way. Didn't realise it was. Thanks

    Thanks Blooey, I just looked up the Chinese Monkey king. It does look monkey-ish and has a Crown. So it may be. Couldn't find any very similar puppets like it yet. But gives me something to look for, thanks.
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  6. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    The footwear is also typically Chinese
  7. JamesWon2

    JamesWon2 New Member

    Thanks blooey. I also just asked in a Chinese restaurant if they knew anything. I didn't even know it was Chinese before. So, funny the directions are taking me somewhere :)
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  8. JamesWon2

    JamesWon2 New Member

    His eyes lit up when I said 'puppet' I thought. Maybe they have some value.
  9. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

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  10. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Very cool, @JamesWon2 . And welcome to Antiquers!
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  11. JamesWon2

    JamesWon2 New Member

    Thanks a lot blooey, that is a very interesting link.

    I read the section on 'Sun Wukong' or Monkey King. I learned his weapon of choice is a staff. The illustrated depiction on wikipedia shows one hand open and one closed holding a staff.

    The hand puppet has one hand open and one fist, but could be clenched to symbolise the holding of a staff.
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    That is very interesting. And that together with the crown, and monkey face points towards a possible Monkey King hand puppet.....
    But what makes you say 'definitely Monkey King'. Maybe there aren't many other character choices, but I don't know too much about Chinese/oriental Mythology.
    Thank you
  12. JamesWon2

    JamesWon2 New Member

    Thanks Figtree :D
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  13. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Well, a "crowned" monkey in Chinese culture really can only be him.
    Here, he's in action ..

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  14. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Well those movies look rather awesome.
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  15. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Take it from me, they are!

    This one's good too

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  16. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

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  17. JamesWon2

    JamesWon2 New Member

    That is very good news.
    And thanks they do look awesome movies for sure.
    Very interesting character to read about.
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