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16850H

Pair of Antique House Deities
Item No. 16850H

19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Wood
8" x 3.25" x 2.25"
( 20.32 x 8.255 x 5.715 cm)
(H x W x D)

This pair of carvings, which are mirror images of each other, are husband and wife and may be Taoist deities, possibly the God and Goddess of Wealth. Each is seated on a backless chair set on a high red curved pedestal. Each sits with his/her hands clasped together in front of the chest in a position of reverence. They are dressed in layered official's robes. He wears an under garment crossed at the neck and tied high on the waist with a wide sash which extends down the front over a broad bordered apron. His long sleeves are carved in parallel creases. She wears a similar garment but with wide red scalloped collar. The full and deeply carved faces have eyes with lids lowered in a solemn gaze, flanked by pendulous ears. He wears a ribbed official's hat with carved decorations on the forehead, and she wears an arched headdress extending to the top of her ears. The cavities on the back of both of the figures are closed with a bung and contain the original contents which were placed there during an eye opening ceremony. Both figures are covered with their original gold, red and black lacquer.

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