The Festivals and Belief section was dominated by a Ming stoneware incense burner. According to an inscription on it was "made on an auspicious day of the fourth lunar month of the fourth year of Hongzhu" (1491). Behind a Bhuddist sleeve shrine (which will fold up and fit into a sleeve) and a small Daoist shrine Mr Monkey spotted a pair of ridge tiles intended to protect the house. One had Zhu Bajie from Journey to the West* standing on it, the other had Guan Yu, a general who became a god of war and wealth. Both tiles are Ming dynasty.
* Or, Pigsy from Monkey.
Return to Mr Monkey sees China: Journey to the East at the Manchester Museum
Copyright Rik Shepherd and Mr Monkey.