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Image of the Queen Mother of the West
Item No. 19010

18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
13.5" x 5" x 4"
( 34.29 x 12.7 x 10.16 cm)
(H x W x D)

This image represents Xi-wang-mu, the Queen Mother of the West, the most significant female deity in Taoism who dwelt in the legendary Kunlun Mountains in the Western Paradise. She is in possession of the peach of longevity and the herb of immortality.

In this carving she sits on a backless pedestal wearing a two part robe, the upper part with a scalloped high collar held with a rectangular beaded clasp and long flowing sleeves bordered in red and belted at the waist with a sash cented with a flower. It flows over a plain dark skirt. Her right hand lies clenched on her knee and her left hand is extended atop the knee. She wears a hat with a decorated front band and a phoenix with cropped wings set on a flattended round turban at the back of her head. Her face is framed with elongated ears from which dangle earrings.

The back of the statue contains a closed cavity which was filled with messages to ancestors and sutras during an Eye Opening Ceremony.

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