Description The book "Journey to the West," published in the late 16th century, is a combination of fact, fancy, and allegory that tells of the adventures of a Chinese Buddhist monk who goes on a search for Buddhist scriptures. The monk first encounters the main figure in this statue, Sha Wùjìng, as a demon guarding a river. Sha Wùjìng eventually becomes the third of the monk's three helpers. The first (a small figure on the right) is a monkey; the second (on the left) has the face of a pig. The tile is glazed in dark, crackled and mottled greens and browns.
Provenance Edward Bassett, London [date and mode of aquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926
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