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Taoist Priest Holding Ritual Items
Item No. 19038

19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood
9" x 4.5" x 3"
( 22.86 x 11.43 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)

This Toaist priest sits on backless raised pedestal. His three-quarter length plain red outer robe with long sleeves is bordered, clasped above the waist and held open to reveal a dark long undergarment tied under his stomach with a belt with double sash which extends to the border of his robe. He wears a high lobed cap.

In his left hand the priest holds a ritual cup, and his raised right hand holds a tablet, an object characteristic of Taoist officials. The cup probably symbolizes an exlir associated with the assurance of long life. His well-carved face has a slight smile with gently curving lips and portrays signs of age in the creases on his forehead and around his lips. The pendulous ears are signs of wisdom.

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