Taoist Seated Priest with Inscription on Back
Item No. 16244
19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
10.5" x 4" x 3"
( 26.67 x 10.16 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)
There is an inscription on the back of this piece that names it as the "original Taoist Priest Mr. Hsiao," and it was carved in Fukian province. It is a finely carves piece that places Mr. Hsiao on a high backless chair with a high footrest upon which his feet are at rest. His face is magnificently carved, and it displays high arching eyebrow over down cast eyes and a wide triangular and prominent nose. The artist has portrayed him with high cheekbones and large ears, symbols of wisdom, as well as three creases on his forehead and deep lines at the mouth, signs of aging that are also signs of a sage. He wears the well carved garb of a Taoist priest, which includes his black cap, a black undergarment crossed at the neck and hanging down to his shoes, and the over garment with red borders clasped at the waist, wide sleeves and wrinkles at the knees. The hands are extended in front of the figure about waist high, while the left holds a ritual cup and the left is in a fist.