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Carved Seated High Official
Item No. 16470

18th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
10" x 8" x 4"
( 25.4 x 20.32 x 10.16 cm)
(H x W x D)

The Chinese official sits on a backless chair in the traditional pose of ancestor official images. His left hand holds up his belt, showing his status, while his right hand is held down over his knee obscured by his long flowing sleeve. His green flowing robe extends to his feet, and are bordered at the sleeves and them with red and gold bands. The collar crossed at the neck is decorated with black painted images, possibly cloud forms. He wears the hat of an official high on his forehead. His extremely well carved face is highlighted with painted eyebrows and pupils inside his deeply carved lidded eyes. The back of the chair, which is partially worn with age, contains numerous inscriptions which probably is a dedication by the family for whom the carving was commissioned.

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