Journey to the West Hitching Post

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

This 18th 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 throne 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. The lotus throne symbolizes the harmonious unfolding of spirituality. Mounted on a custom steel stand, the hitching post stands proud indoors or out.

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