Painted carved wooden figure in the form of a man with a snout like a pig, representing Pigsy, Zhu Baijie, from the novel Hsi-yu Chi, the Record of the Journey to the West. Pigsy, together with Monkey, accompanied the pilgrim monk Hsuan-tsang to India to fetch the Mahayana scriptures for China. He has a rounded belly, gold robes and is holding a staff or long-handled tool.
Part of The Louise Tythacott Collection . The Louise Tythacott Collection was compiled as the result of intensive fieldwork over several years in South China and Hong Kong. Ms Tythacott is a Chinese-speaking anthropologist and a museum curator, and was Curator of Ethnography at Liverpool Museum, who was particularly fortunate in developing contacts during the course of her work. Ms Tythacott has also made collections for the Museum of Mankind.