One of the three wise monkeys, known as Iwazaru.
This Speak-No-Evil monkey has hands covering his mouth, as part of the proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
Sometimes used as a playful I didn’t want to say that expression, or my lips are sealed / I won’t say anything.
Speak-No-Evil Monkey was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
🙊 Monkey Covering Mouth
🙊 No Speaking