Monkey eating fruit

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


height x width x diameter: 14.6 x 2.9 x 4.3 cm (5 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This wooden figure represents a monkey with legs bent and hands holding a fruit to his mouth. The feet are missing as well as the proper right leg below the thigh and the proper right side of the face. A vertical crack runs through the chest and another through the face. There is a deep crack on the right side of head. The right arm is broken and glued from the elbow to the hand, and the hand has separated from the fruit. The surface is covered with scratches and dark stain.


By 1970, with Matthias Komor; 1970, purchased by William Kelly Simpson; 1997, given the to the MFA by William Kelly Simpson.
(Accession date : May 21, 1997.)

Credit Line

Gift of William Kelly Simpson