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16432

Seated Taoist Deity
Item No. 16432

18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Wood with Gilt
10" x 4.5" x 2.75"
( 25.4 x 11.43 x 6.985 cm)
(H x W x D)

This Taoist dignitary is seated on a high dais with arms raised and hands clasped as if to hold a hu tablet. Hu tablets are narrow memorandum tablets, originally of ivory, which were carried by high officials and were considered as marks of rank. He is elegantly dressed in layered official's robes, with a high underskirt tied with long sashes and trailing down to the hem. His deeply and well carved face is portrayed with strong features and eyes lowered in a solemn gaze, flanked by pendulous ears and hair pulled up and under a beaded official's cap. Some of the original gold pigmentation remains.

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