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Standing Official
Item No. 18017

18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Wood with Pigmentation
8.25" x 3" x 2"
( 20.955 x 7.62 x 5.08 cm)
(H x W x D)

The official stands with the hands clasped at his waist over his belt on a thin rectangular plinth with rounded corners. He wears a typical domed official's hat with a high back, a high collared flowing robe falling in long vertical folds and extending to the tips of his up-turned shoes, a thick belt of office just below his stomach extending around the back of the image, and long sleeves which flare outward near the knees. The robe is painted with red pigmentation over which lacquer, now darkened with age, was applied and now turned to black at the borders on the sleeves and collar. In large areas the lacquer is missing and reveals the original red pigmentation of the robes. His full round face exhibits a quiet resolute expression, is framed by pendulous ears and exhibits an unusually wide nose with pursed lips below it, horizontally slit eyes, prominent cheekbones and no eyebrows. Most of the face is covered with lacquer turned black with age from the candles and insense used over possibly 200 years at a family altar.

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