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Carved Seated High Official
Item No. 16150

19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Wood with Polychrome
13" x 5" x 3"
( 33.02 x 12.7 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)

This colorful official sits on a footed and waisted pedestal designed with painted decorative motifs, some of which is in caligraphic form. He wears a typical official's high hat with a red rim and scarves extending from the back of his cap and extend over his shoulders and over his large and thick red collar. He sits in the typical offical's stance with a belt above and below his ample stomach, left hand holding the lower belt and right planted firmly on his knee. Both hands are enclosed in long sleeves with wide red borders. The undercoat of the face and neck appear to have been done with white paint, although most of the rest of the statue has either a dark beige or brown undercoat. The reds, blacks and blues of the garment have then been painted over the undercoat in layers which include layers of gold, brown, black and red as well as newer layers of the same color which have been applied more recently. The bung in the back is open to reveal bound paper wrapped with string which was placed there during an eye opening ceremony.

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