To celebrate the 1933 New Year, this charming monkey sporting a hat and holding a staff was carved out of bone, or possibly horn, by an unknown Mexican artisan. The base upon which the monkey sits bears three unique symbols:
- A bird flying overhead with an envelope in its beak, which announces the new year;
- Another bird perched on the Wheel of Life, holding a flower in its beak, which promises new opportunities in the coming year; and,
- A vase with a growing and blossoming plant of which the leaves mimic the flower in the middle image, which denotes prosperity for the new year.
All in all, this is a very rare vintage item! And, being more than 80 years of age, this carved bone monkey is in excellent vintage condition.
This unusual, delightful carving would make for a great gift for any family member or friend, especially to welcome in a new year, regardless of the actual year itself. For those who collect Mexican, South American or tribal artifacts, this monkey carving is an ideal find. But you may just want this playful item as a great conversation piece for your home.