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Asian ➔ Figurine, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, See No Evil

Identifier:
121147
Description:
Small carved figurine, wood, of three monkeys: right covering its eyes, middle its ears, and left its mouth. It is debatable whether this symbol ever existed in a single Asian household. It is commonly perceived by Westerners that the adage 'Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil' is a piece of Asian wisdom (this object was likely made for export.) Similar to #118086 (#121147 is better carved.);Identified by Bennet Bronson, Professor of History, University of Illinois Chicago, IL; tel.312.665.7832;Pictorial representation of 'Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil' adage perceived in the West to be a piece of Asian wisdom, however the validity of this is debatable.
Materials:
Carved, Wood
Dimensions:
1.5" h 1.5" w
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Mrs. Dudley E. Waters
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
J is for Japan ()
Maker/Donor
Mrs. Dudley E. Waters
Related Place
Japan