'The Birth of the Monkey', 1922. Creator: Unknown
'The Birth of the Monkey', 1922. The Monkey King, Sun Wukong, a legendary characters in the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West vy Wu Cheng'en with origins dating to Song dynasty. The monkey is born of stone and accompanies monk Tang Sanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from the West. From "Myths and Legends of China", by E. T. C. Werner. [George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, Calcutta, Sydney, 1922]
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A Dyback, or Astrologer, 1804. Creator: Franz Balthazar Solvyns (1760-1824)
A Dyback, or Astrologer, from 'Costumes of India' by E. Orme, 1804 (coloured etching). When a child is born in some areas of India, the Dyback or Dybukk makes calculations about their futures; here, he is supposedly fortelling an eclipse; Franz Balthazar Solvyns was a Flemish marine painter and travelling artist who lived in Calcutta (Kolkota) between 1791-1803; Solvyns is considered one of the early pioneers in the field of print-making in India in the 18th century.
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Bes, a dwarf deity with leonine features
Bes, a dwarf deity with leonine features. A domestic god, protector against snakes and various terrors including the powers of the unknown that might overwhelm the dreamer as nightmares. Also the god of roads and ways and a helper of women in childbirth. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 19th dynasty, c. 1295-1186 BC. Material Size: faience, h=9cms, w=4.4cms. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Schimmel Collection, New York . Location: 37.
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