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Taoist Priest Holding Ritual Items
Item No. 7504

20th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
9.5" x 3.75" x 2.75"
( 24.13 x 9.525 x 6.985 cm)
(H x W x D)

This carved figure represents a Taoist priest holding a cup which probably represents an elixir associated with health and longevity in his left hand and a round object in his right hand. He is seated on a backless chair with a high pedestal which contains painted design elements some of which might be caligraphy. His face contians carved features highlighted by pigmentaton, including his arched eyebrows, moustache, beard and eyes. He wears the garb of a Taoist priest, which includes his black cap, an undergarment crossed at the neck and hanging down to his shoes, and the overgarment with clasped at the waist with a two part sash extending to the hem of the undergarment,and wide two part sleeves. The back of the figure contains a closed bung into which documents were placed during an eye opening ceremony.

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