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16805

Pair of Taoist House Deities
Item No. 16805

19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Wood with Polychrome
7.5" x 3" x 1.5"
( 19.05 x 7.62 x 3.81 cm)
(H x W x D)

This pair of seated figures represents of husband and wife, probably the god and goddess of wealth in the Taoist belief. Each is seated with long flowing robes, hands held at the chest below a ritual cloth, and originally each may have held a wood tablet. They sit on a raised plinth, wearing official's caps. They may have been placed on a home shrine to bring prosperity and wealth to the household. Their finely carved faces have a serene yet somber demeanor. Each has a closed cavity in the back into which sutras (scriptures), messages to ancestors and other objects were placed in an "eye opening" ceremony performed to consecrate them. Candles and sticks of incense were burned before them to invite good fortune into the home.

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