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Date Made/Found: 1700s
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 320 x 75 x 55mm (12 5/8 x 2 15/16 x 2 3/16in.) Overall: 25 x 77 x 55mm (1 x 3 1/16 x 2 3/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.228
This is a figure of Xuan Zang. Born in 602, he was was ordained a monk in the Temple of Heavenly Radiance in the city of Hangzhou while still a boy. As a teenager he was sent north to the Temple of Great Learning in the capital city of Changan. The monks there devoted their lives to the translation of Buddhist texts from India. Xuan Zang planned to travel to India to bring back up-to-date versions of these sacred books. His mighty journey was undertaken between 627 and 643, and he wrote a detailed account of his travels. When he returned home after 15 years, his treasured books were admired by worshippers and helped Buddhism to flourish in China. The most well-known version of his travels is 'Journey to the West', also known as 'Monkey' which was published in the 1590s.
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