The association of the monkey and peach recalls the Daoist legend and late Ming dynasty novel, Xiyou ji (Journey to the West), which recounts a fanciful tale of a monkey's theft of the Peaches of Immortality from the gardens of Xiwangmu, the Daoist Queen Mother of the Western Paradise.
Compare a very similar large white jade monkey group in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated in Stanley Charles Nott, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, London, 1936, pl. LXXVII.
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