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Chinese Qing Dynasty Wood Prayer Figure w/ Paper
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East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 19th century CE. An intriguing hand-carved wooden temple figure of an official or scholar in flowing robes. He stands on an integral pedestal and leans slightly forward. His left hand grasps a separate wooden piece which may represent a scroll or other implement. His face is severe, with a furrowed brow and downturned lips. This figure would have been placed in a temple or shrine and represents a respected and powerful ancestor figure. The verso of the man has a square recessed niche cut into his back for holding a paper, which is folded and tucked inside this figure! The paper inside the consecration hole would be a prayer or dedication. Originally paper would be sealed inside with a piece of wood or wax. Rededication was a popular practice with older figures, such as this example, and this paper has handwritten characters in black ink and appears to be a later addition from the 20th century. The surface has dark encrustations and traces of white pigments which give a nice sense of age. Size: 3" L x 2" W x 7.75" H (7.6 cm x 5.1 cm x 19.7 cm)

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired before 2000.

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Condition
Chipping and losses to base with old inactive insect holes. The wooden piece in left hand is loose. Stable pressure fissures and cracks on figures. Active flaking of paint. Heavy patina, encrustations, and traces of pigments. Paper is fragile with tearing, holes, and creases. Characters are mostly legible.
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Chinese Qing Dynasty Wood Prayer Figure w/ Paper

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May 06, 2021
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0014: Chinese Qing Dynasty Wood Prayer Figure w/ Paper

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Est. $400 - $600Starting Price $200
Art of Asia | Antiquity to Present
May 06, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0014 Details

Description
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East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 19th century CE. An intriguing hand-carved wooden temple figure of an official or scholar in flowing robes. He stands on an integral pedestal and leans slightly forward. His left hand grasps a separate wooden piece which may represent a scroll or other implement. His face is severe, with a furrowed brow and downturned lips. This figure would have been placed in a temple or shrine and represents a respected and powerful ancestor figure. The verso of the man has a square recessed niche cut into his back for holding a paper, which is folded and tucked inside this figure! The paper inside the consecration hole would be a prayer or dedication. Originally paper would be sealed inside with a piece of wood or wax. Rededication was a popular practice with older figures, such as this example, and this paper has handwritten characters in black ink and appears to be a later addition from the 20th century. The surface has dark encrustations and traces of white pigments which give a nice sense of age. Size: 3" L x 2" W x 7.75" H (7.6 cm x 5.1 cm x 19.7 cm)

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired before 2000.

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#159148
Condition
...
Chipping and losses to base with old inactive insect holes. The wooden piece in left hand is loose. Stable pressure fissures and cracks on figures. Active flaking of paint. Heavy patina, encrustations, and traces of pigments. Paper is fragile with tearing, holes, and creases. Characters are mostly legible.

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