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Antique Chinese Agate Carving Of Monkeys and Peach

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre 1900: Item # 1240961
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Two playful monkeys climbing on a large peach, carved from antique agate. Monkeys are commonly depicted in Chinese art as holding a peach as a symbol for wealth and a long life because the word for "monkey" is a homophone to the word for "nobleman". They often call this "feng hou bao shou" which can mean both "crazy monkey clutching [a peach]" as well as "may you become a salaried official and embrace longevity". 19th century Size: 1.5" long x 1.25" tall