Zhu Bajie (猪八戒, 저팔계, ちょ はっかい) is a pig-like character in the famous 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West. He, along with Sha Wujing, are the companions of Sun Wukong in their mission to protect Tang Sanzang, a Buddhist monk in a sacred pilgrimage. There are countless media adaptations of this classic tale throughout Asia, and a Japanese musical anime titled Alakazam the Great introduced these fantastic characters to American audiences in 1960. I remember seeing an airing of this for the first time on KTLA's Family Film Festival hosted by Tom Hatten during the 80's. In sculpting Zhu Bajie I wanted to try a different take and use a male boar for the head, but he ended up looking a lot like ALF from the 80-90's sitcom. I reverted him back to a typical pig-like appearance with his primary weapon, the Nine-toothed rake. I suppose it's only a matter of time before I sculpt Sha Wujing to complete the classic trio. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Sun Wukong and Zhu Bajie - just need to sculpt Sha Wujing to complete the classic trio!
Wet clay model