Journey to the West Hitching Post

c. 1750
$21,480 USD
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Dimensions
H: 66.0" Dia: 14.0"
Materials
Stone
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Collection #
Q007
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$945

This 17th century hand-carved granite post from northern China originally stood outside of an ancient building as a secure place to hitch livestock. The tall post has been carved with eight sides, an auspicious number thought to bring prosperity and good fortune. The hitching post's unadorned linear form is topped by a figural carving of a friendly-eyed monkey resting on a lotus and clutching a peach. A reference to the Ming-dynasty novel "Journey to the West," the monkey depicts Sun Wukong, the Monkey King who eats from the heavenly peach garden to obtain immortality. Mounted on a custom steel stand, the hitching post lives today as an elegant sculpture with storied history.

Available to ship April 22, 2019. Item will be on display through the New York Botanical Garden Furniture & Antiques Fair 2019.

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