Asian Tribal Art - Monkey Totem, Japan

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Mystic monkey totem
5.25" (13.3 cm) high
Meiji Period

A stack of monkeys portray the Buddhist maxim, "See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil." Mizaru, who covers his eyes, sees no evil; Kikazaru, who covers his ears, hears no evil and Iwazaru, who covers his mouth, speaks no evil. Nicely carved fur, with a couple of stubbed toes.


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