The Monkey is one of the Chinese Zodiac animals and known for cleverness, brilliance and perseverance and in Daoism, monkeys were believed to have longevity circles . Its roots can be found in ancient times over ten thousand years ago. 2019 is the year of the Monkey. The cleverness of this amulet is profound. The eyes are deep set holes, a protruding nose and large teeth. This piece could hardly be unnoticed extending from one’s neck or attached to a wealthy waist band. Dating to neolithic times the large size and intricacy leads one to understand the importance of the owner. Holding this piece generates the power and excitement by its smooth, silky polish it commands. 3” high x 2 1/2” wide x 1 1/14” thick. Hongshan Culture Circa 4000-3000 BC No later than Han Dynasty 206 BC–220 AD.
Small Jade animals were cherished and enjoyed by the Chinese elite since early times. These toys of affection were enhanced by the smooth cool feeling
which brought on a sense of warmth to their owners.
By Repute From The Christian R. Holmes Collection
For A Similar Amulet: Christie's Hong Kong The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades, Part I - Neolithic Period November 27, 2019 - Sale # 17742 - Lot #2705: A GREEN JADE HUMANOID MASK ORNAMENT HONGSHAN CULTURE, CIRCA 4000-3000 BC The humanoid mask is carved with arched brows above almond-shaped eyes and a pointed nose. The reverse is pierced with two apertures for suspension. The stone is of an even green tone with some buff and russet inclusions. 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) high, box
Provenance Lantien Shanfang Collection, acquired in Taipei in 1992 Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000 Price realised HKD 937,500 119,764 USD