Sharing over 90 percent of their genes, humans and monkeys have a natural bond. Often human in appearance and manner, modern species of monkeys have been evolving for well over 6 million years. Their human appearance and fun loving nature has made the monkey a natural subject for literary work, religion, mythology and modern culture. The art world is a source of countless examples of monkeys portrayed in various forms. Like monkey statuary, monkey bookends reveal many sides of these complex and intelligent creatures.
Throughout human history, monkeys have played a part in religion and ancient astrology. Humans born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the monkey are said to possess an abundance of self-confidence and intelligence. Mischievous and creative, people born in the year of the monkey have much in common their simian cousins. Ancient Eastern religions have always held the monkey in high regard. Hinduism and Buddhism in particular have used the monkey as an important character in tales of morality and metaphor.
Modern culture still holds the monkey in high esteem. The most popular attractions at many zoos are the monkey houses. We are drawn to monkeys perhaps because of their strong resemblance to humans and the importance that monkeys place on family bonding. Fabled in folklore and modern media, the monkey is a favorite character in children’s books and cartoons. Decorative bookends that feature monkeys are a popular way to bring the history and whimsy of our genetic cousins to any home decor.