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Seated Taoist House Deity Holding a Sack
Item No. 16521

18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
19.5" x 8" x 6.5"
( 49.53 x 20.32 x 16.51 cm)
(H x W x D)

This Taoist official,seated on a tall backless stand, has a fully rounded face, prominent ears and a handle bar mustache. He has depressions on both sides of his face from the middle of his ear to his eyes and his eyes bulge prominently in contrast to his flat pug nose. He is holding an offering covered in cloth cradled in his two hands off center to the left side of his chest. He sits erect with his knees thrust forward and his legs set vertically up from the base of his high stand. He wears a long draped undergarment with deep folds between his legs, a second upper garment which falls in two circular pools to the top of his knees, and a thick upper garment that covers his back, shoulders and arms and falls downward to the sides. He wears a rounded official's hat bulging at the front that rises upward in the back in a tall semi- circle that angles downward towards the front.

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