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Taoist Priest Holding Ritual Items
Item No. 14018

Turn of the Century , Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
7.75" x 3" x 2"
( 19.685 x 7.62 x 5.08 cm)
(H x W x D)

This Taoist priest sits on a backless chair on a raised red pedestal with gold painted designs on the front. Most of his garments are painted red throughout, including his outer robe which is clasped at the front with a round ornament from which hangs a red sash with gold colored dots. His undergarment is decorated with red and black designs and the border of his outer robe is decorated with black and gold swirls. He wears the characteristic triangular black hat of a Taoist priest. In his left hand he holds a ritual cup and his right hand is clasped as if to grasp an object which he once held. The cup probably symbolizes an elixir associated with the to assurance of long life. His face and hands are painted in a burnt orange hue and his facial features are highlighted with pigmentation. The covering of the back cavity --the bung -- is missing and reveals documents inside which were placed there during an eye opening ceremony. In certain areas--on the chest, the round clasp at the waist, on the lowest portion of the inner robe and at the top of the pedestal between the feet--are raised lacquer decoration that seem like mini floral vines.

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