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.