Posted 8 years ago
Monkey Magic "born from an egg on a mountain top" loved that show.
Painted Wooden Egg Godhead and Blue Monkey Deity with women offering gifts..
I think this is a fertility object or possibly to ward off evil, as per below:
In Japan, the monkey's role in guarding against demons originates from the Japanese word for monkey (?, pronounced saru), which is a homonym for the Japanese word "expel" (??, also pronounced saru). The latter word means to "dispel, punch out, push away, beat away." According to the legends of Japan's Mt. Hiei shrine-temple multiplex, this makes the monkey an "expeller of demons" -- in other traditions, the monkey is also thought to ward off thieves
(A-Z Japanese Buddhist Statuary)
I have searched and spoken with peers and have little information to solve this mystery, please help enlighten me.