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Carved Wood Seated Taoist Offcial
Item No. 16249

18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
11" x 5" x 4"
( 27.94 x 12.7 x 10.16 cm)
(H x W x D)

This image of an official from Fukien Province, South China is seated on a backless chair set upon a high plinth upon which his feet are placed. He wears a elaborately carved cap with vertical extensions from the top and horizontal extensions from the sides and a curved section covering the back of his head. His deeply carved face is set with bulging heavily lidded eyes, full nose, bud shaped pursed lips, and small chin set within full cheeks and framed by large ears set well back on his head.

His offical's robes are highly decorative, with an over garment which caps the shoulders, long sleeves extending over the knees and open at the front to reveal an elaborate undergarment with a carved round collar from which extends a red double sash with a floral ornamental tie below the stomach and which extends to the hem of the robe. His hands are crossed and held up in front of his chest and might have originally held a tablet. The image, including the face, is covered with golds pigmenation and highlighted with deep red on the sash, shoes and plinth.

The image is in very good condition with some age wear at the base and back.

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