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Carved Seated Official
Item No. 19011

19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
9" x 4" x 2"
( 22.86 x 10.16 x 5.08 cm)
(H x W x D)

This seated official sits on a backless chair set on a high platform. He wears official's robes including an undergarment crossed at the neck beneath an overcoat clasped above the waist. The front and sleeves of the overcoat are bordered in black with painted gold color floral designs. The official sits with his right hand grasping his left sleeve which obscures his right hand. His face with pendulous ears is set in a warm smile, with full cheeks, and chin, arched eyebrows and wide open lidded eyes. He wears an official's high three-part winged cap. The cavity in the back is closed with the original bung which was placed there during an eye opening ceremony. Although the front of the piece is in tack, there is considerable wear to the back of the statue where the back of the chair has been eroded. The front of the statue is covered with the original red, black and gold lacquer and pigmentation.

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