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Antique Horn with Monkey King Head

Antique Horn with Monkey King Head

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1380465

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Rare and very old mouflon horn carved in the shape of the monkey king head ( san wukong ) wearing his helmet, and engraved with a beautiful design.
Believed to be a shaman's talisman; I rather think that it was a « protective » utensil hanging at the belt of the horsemen, used to untie the tight knots of their leather straps.
Very nice patina, very good condition. 12 cms . 19Th C. or before. China (Shanxi) or Mongolia.