Carved Standing Official with a Dog
Item No. 16562
18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
10.5" x 4.5" x 4.25"
( 26.67 x 11.43 x 10.795 cm)
(H x W x D)
This is an unusual ancestor figure, as it portrays an official accompanied by his dog, an animal that played a significant role in his life and may have symbolized his rank and power. No attempt is made to make the large canine realistic, as his head is twisted in a totally unnatural position. The official, whose face is slightly slanted towards the animal, rests his right hand on the its back. He holds his official's belt up using his left hand which is made inordinately large, as it twists behind the belt and up with the fingers exposed. He wears official's clothing, including an official's cap and a long sleeved robe and stands on a rectangular plinth. The official had an imposing stance, placing his hand with its flowing sleeve firmly and affectionately on the dog's back. Much of the original lacquer gilt remains, although there is considerable flaking throughout with some age cracks.
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