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402. Monkey with a Peach

China, Kangxi period ( 1662 – 1722 ), circa 1700
Height: 24.5 cm

Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom 2015.
Private Collection, France 2007.

This enamel on biscuit porcelain monkey holding a peach alludes to the Monkey King Sun Wukong. According to legend, he disrupted a banquet hosted by the Queen Mother of the West Xiwangmu, by attempting to steal a rare immortality peach. The monkey (hou 猴) is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.
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