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Carving of a Civilian Official
Item No. 16017

18th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Wood with Polychrome
45.5" x 13" x 9"
( 115.57 x 33.02 x 22.86 cm)
(H x W x D)

This Tang style civil official is modeled standing with his feet apart and firmly planted on a high round base with his hands clasped in front of his chest. His face has a calm, almost portrait like expression under his high official’s cap. He wears loose robes secured at the waist with a belt tied in a bow and extending to the front of his attire and has broad sleeves falling in loops from the wrists, the hem falling to the top of his boots. The statue, which is characterized by fine modeling of the features, hands and robes appears to be a Ch’ing rendition of a Tang dynasty official which might have been modeled of clay or wood.. During the Tang, this type of figure was usually found in pairs of ceramics comprised of an official and a military officer, each identified by his attire and would have adorned the tombs of nobles or officials. The tall and thin figure, the clasping of the hands and the long robes hanging in mostly vertical folds are the elements of the Tang style that are recognizable in thi spiece.

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