Taoist Priest Holding Ritual Items
Item No. 16914
18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
10" x 4" x 3.25"
( 25.4 x 10.16 x 8.255 cm)
(H x W x D)
This Taoist priest sits on a backless chair on a raised pedestal. He is painted and lacquered with flesh tones on his face, neck and hands and with most of the deep green, red, black and burgundy hues of his clothing and hat as well as some of the gilt remaining. His three-quarter length outer robe is bordered in burgundy and clasped at the chest with a rectangular pendant and held open to reveal his long undergarment tied under his stomach with a belt and double sash extending to the border of his robe. He wears the characteristic ribbed black hat of a Taoist priest. In his left hand he holds a ritual cup and his right hand holds a tablet, an object characteristic of Taoist officials. The cup probably symbolizes an elixir associated with the assurance of long life. His facial features, including brows, eyes, mustache and goatee are highlighted with black pigmentation. The covering of the back cavity (bung) has been sealed with the lacquer coating and contains documents, string and sticks which were placed there during an eye opening ceremony.
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