Attributed to be the famous monk Xuanzang who traveled to India during the Tang dynasty (629-645). He visited over one hundred kingdoms, and wrote extensively concerning the Buddhist religion by which he translated many Sanskrit texts, 657 in total. For artistic value this is one of those sculptures that capture the spirit of the subject matter, notice his wrinkled brow and the intense concentration as he studies the Buddhist scriptures, the type species of cat of the jungle variety is indigenous to India, but the Monk is clearly Chinese. The two upper fangs are intentionally missing as it was the custom in ancient India to defang and declaw tigers and other large cats that they kept as pets. This wonderful work of art is carved boxwood and has a very rich dark patina (Photos lightened to show detail). The cat is missing one of its eyes. And there are some hairline cracks in the wood (nothing major), and is in my opinion in really fine condition for a mid 19th century work of art. The figure measures 8" high x 6.25" at base. Age 1840's to 1860's. Price does not include stand.