Monkey Year

Monkey Year

Monkey Year: gouache on cradle board / Montana Black

My Year of the Monkey piece for a group show with the City of Las Vegas.  In researching this I discovered that monkeys like to eat peaches, and are often depicted with a peach in one paw.
“The peach has two symbolic meanings in Chinese culture: one is longevity, and the other is exorcising evil spirits.”
“The Monkey plays an important role in the daily lives of the Chinese people; its statue can still be seen on the kangs (a heatable brick bed in North China), ports, ferry crossings, troughs, and even temples.
The Monkey has many symbolic meanings in traditional Chinese culture which are highlighted by riches, honor, luck, and Almighty God. ”
Source: http://www.chinahighlights.com/

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